EXTINCTION REBELLION COULD BE CLASSIFIED AS A ‘ORGANISED CRIME GROUP’

Extinction rebellion is a global environmental movement with the aim of using nonviolent civil disobedience to encourage government action to improve plans on climate change. Extinction rebellion could be rebranded as an ‘organised crime group’ according by the UK government. Protests were protesting from Friday September 4th to the September 5th. Using vehicles and activists locked onto bamboo structures to block out roads to newspaper printing sites.

Activists were angrily protesting as climate change was not receiving enough coverage from UK newspapers, such as The Sun, The Daily Mail, The Telegraph and The Times.  Reporting 72 activists were arrested. The group has called this move “ridiculous” as what the UK government defines as organised crime is “characterised by violence or the threat of violence and by the use of bribery and corruption”. However, the group claims they do not engage with violent protesting.  This could make it easier for police to stop future activists entering certain areas.

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