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Rebels With a Cause: Is Getting Arrested a Good Way to Protest for Climate Action?

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Extinction Rebellion protestor being arrested

For two weeks in April, Extinction Rebellion grabbed the attention of the nation. Protestors blockaded large parts of central London, turned Waterloo Bridge into a community garden and camped out on Parliament Square where, watched over by Mahatma Gandi’s statue, some were arrested.

Getting arrested is one of the key tactics of the movement, which aims to use non-violent civil disobedience to draw political and public attention to climate change. But is it a good idea?

Extinction Rebellion Climate Protestors Found Guilty of Criminal Damage for Digging Hole in Parliament Lawn

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Extinction Rebellion protest

Two climate change protestors have been found guilty of criminal damage after digging a hole outside the Houses of Parliament.

Paul Enock and Stephen McDonald, both 62, pleaded not guilty during a trial at Hendon Magistrates Court, arguing that they had acted out of necessity to draw attention to the problem of climate change. But the judge, sitting at Westminster Magistrates Court on 29 March 2019, disagreed and gave each man a three-month conditional discharge.

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