Extinction Rebellion 'regretful' about Tube protest

The protests took place this morning

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Extinction Rebellion have issued an apology about their protest on the London Underground network this morning.

Commuters faced severe delays as climate change activists glued themselves to trains, with one activist physically dragged from a carriage he had climbed on top of by passengers on the platform.

Another protester claimed to have been "attacked by a mob" at Canning Town station, and others had drinks thrown at them by angry travellers.

The protest was condemned by the Mayor of London - who has previously been supportive of the group's demonstrations - as well as other Extinction Rebellion members.

And on the Extinction Rebellion London Group Facebook page, members criticised the Tube action, claiming it had turned people away from their cause.

WATCH: Angry commuters hit back at climate protesters at Canning Town station

One member wrote: "So despite the overwhelming response of members in this group NOT to disrupt PUBLIC transport – you went ahead and did it.

"Get your heads out of your a***s guys. It’s a game of public relations: disrupting one day of travel means nothing if you lose public support for good."

Another posted: "I can't see how the action taken today has caused anything other than violence and enemies. 

"People were endangered because of our actions and we cannot stand so firm in our beliefs that we ignore what is happening."

In an official statement, Extinction Rebellion said: "We are aware that one of our activists responded in self defence in a moment of panic when confronted by a threatening situation. He acknowledges his accountability for this action and we offer gratitude for members of the public who helped to protect him. 

"Rather than let this incident divide – at this moment of heightened attention – we think it is right to reach out to you, to invite you to have a conversation about what happened today.

"In light of today’s events, Extinction Rebellion will be looking at ways to bring people together rather than create an unnecessary division."

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