Latest round of Extinction Rebellion protesters face court

Hundreds were arrested in April protests

Friday, July 26, 2019

A group of 27 Extinction Rebellion activists have faced a London court as the legal system continues to deal with those arrested during April protests.

More than 1,000 demonstrators were arrested during the disruption in central London and two courtrooms at Westminster Magistrates’ Court have been set aside each Friday to process their cases.

On Friday activists ranging in age from 23 to 74 faced charges including failing to disperse, obstructing a police officer and obstruction of a highway.

Extinction Rebellion had asked volunteers to deliberately get arrested during the protests to cause maximum disruption.

Activist Joanna Blyden pleaded guilty to failing to comply with a condition and said she fears the future for her young nephew is being taken away.

“I want to save the next generation from hunger, floods, catastrophe and death,” she said.

She added: “Without the planet we do not have a future.”

Fellow protester Sophie Haywood pleaded guilty to the same offence and told the court: “I know that my actions made a difference.”

“Parliament declared a climate emergency and the climate crisis is now in the minds of the general public,” she said.

Defendants were supported by Extinction Rebellion members who brought breakfast bars, muffins and tangerines into the court.

During the proceedings there was one case discontinued, four adjourned, 15 not guilty pleas and five guilty pleas.

Those who pleaded guilty were handed a six month conditional discharge.

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