Trade union leaders stand with XR on right to protest
The decision by the Metropolitan Police to ban Extinction Rebellion (XR) protests in London is an attack on civil liberties, and ignores the urgency of the climate emergency facing us. The use of Section 14 to enforce this ban is especially worrying.The right of assembly and protest is an important one that has been fought for by campaigners, the Labour movement and trade union movement over many years. XR protesters in London and in countries around the world have courageously used this right to highlight the urgency of the climate crisis, and the criminal inaction by governments in dealing with it.
We stand in solidarity with those facing arrests and bans, and in their fight for action on climate change. As XR have said, "the International Rebellion continues". We have an important role to play in combating the climate crisis and fighting for a just transition. The government should be tackling the climate emergency rather than banning and arresting protestors who have brought attention to it.