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Newsletter 32: “Yet My Hunger for Change Propels Me”

Dearest rebels, it’s been a time of quiet but intense struggle on the front lines of the rebellion.  Since Monday 18th November more than five hundred people have taken part in the Global Hunger Strike. From Israel to India, Ecuador to Australia, New Zealand to the United Kingdom, we have all been united in our pain and our desperate desire for change. Following in the footsteps of great change-makers and peace-bringers such as Emmeline Pankhurst and Mahatma Gandhi, rebels have chosen to go hungry as a mark of their love for the Earth and all the life that it harbours. …

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GLOBAL HUNGER STRIKE VIDEO from hunger strikers around the world made on Day 3 Barcelona, Spain. 18 November 2019. Day 1 of Global Hunger Strike Photo: Ilias i Chelo Barcelona, Spain. 22 November 2019. Day 5 of Global Hunger Strike Spain, 24 November. Jennifer, XR Barcelona, on day 6 Granada, Spain. 18 November 2019.  Granada, Spain. 21 November 2019.  Extinction Rebellion Sverige 18 November · Christian, Lee, Samuel och Sofia. Stockholm, Sweden.19 November Norway, 22 November. Outside Norwegian parliament. Poland, 21 November. Barbara Swadzyniak, 20, student, Warsaw Poland, 21 November. Warsaw Poland, 22 November. Hunger strikers in Lublin.

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Newsletter 31 – A Season of Change

(Sign up to the International Newsletter here) There’s change in the air. This change takes many shapes. Indians can see it with their eyes and feel it with their lungs. For many others, from Romania to indigenous land in Brazil it appears as an absence: of trees, of food, of loved ones. Sri Lanka.  It can be for the better as well as the worse: the UK government has put a hold on fracking, while our story on XR Austria (below) is enough to fill the weariest rebels with hope. Change is coming for all of us – even world leaders have…

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Newsletter 30: A roadblock on Memory Lane

(Sign up to the International Newsletter here) This rebellion is by no means over: the past week has seen continued actions in Austria, The Netherlands, Hong Kong, Berlin, Sydney… as ever, more than we can count! But for many of those reading, this week was the beginning of some well-earned rest, and the start of a reflection process. In this first of several retrospective issues, we begin to look back together on the October Rebellion. We bring you exclusive accounts that could only be articulated once the heat of action had cooled a little. Berlin…

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Shocks to Political Culture in France

Text and images by Victor Chaix The October Rebellion enabled XR to introduce itself to the French mediatic and political world, and a large part of the population. This spectacular introduction, in turn, intended to draw more rebels in and swell the ranks of the country, to allow for even more disruptive and dramatic actions.  Nevertheless, we can without much worry argue that this week of massive non-violent civil disobedience created a certain shock wave in the political and militant sphere of the country of “La Grande Révolution” – a cultural strangeness in the movement’s political aims and methods for…

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Rebel Daily 9: Rebellions don’t end – they regenerate

(Sign up to the International Newsletter here) Photo by Arkadiusz Kasperczyk It’s difficult to imagine the number of rebels currently feeling exhausted, disorientated, and proud. Though we know it’s not over for everyone, this week saw the conclusion of high-intensity rebellion phases in Paris, Berlin, New York, London, and countless other cities and nations. A truly inspiring number of those involved are new to the experience of Rebellion – small surprise, since there’s very little like it. The most obvious exertions are physical: long days spent roaming streets or (every bit as vital!) glued to screens,…

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Police kettle XR art outside the Tate Modern in London. German protestors ‘return’ the climate package to the SPD party on the basis that it is inadequate to prevent mass extinction and climate crisis. Amsterdam. Rebels on Blauwbrug bridge  On Indigenous Peoples’ Day XR NYC focused attention on their 4th demand – a just transition that prioritizes the most vulnerable people and establishes indigenous sovereignty. Rahajeng Nurrahmani in Jakarta – ‘The government has failed me and everyone. So that’s why I’m rebelling.’  In the window of Archie Brown’s Health Food Shop & Cafe, Truro, Cornwall. Belgian rebels piled reclaimed…

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Rebel Daily 7: A fire they can’t put out

(Sign up for the International Newsletter here) Change takes time: even at the rate we’re going – and need to be going – it’s never going to happen all at once. But things are changing. The past week has been a moment in history: to simply list the thousands of arrests, the many tens of thousands undertaking civil disobedience, would not do it justice. We have proven to the world that this rebellion is a truly global movement, growing rapidly within and between nations, and comprised of people with the selflessness, the creativity and the courage to…

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Germany Climate Camp, Berlin Day and night blockade of Stresemannstrasse, Berlin. 48 hours car free! Sweden XR Sweden: “Most of us are now heading home to Sweden from #BerlinBlockieren. Thanks to @XRBerlin @ExtinctionR_DE @XR_Aufstand and everyone else for an inspirational and well-organised week of actions! We are unstoppable — another world is possible.” Netherlands Rebel at Blauwbrug blockade, Amsterdam Italy Final steps for the #RebellionWeek in Rome but #InternationalRebellion won’t stop  until @ExtinctionR demands are met everywhere Eastern Europe Poland Red Rebelsl in Poznan, Sunday. Photo: Łukasz Gdak/Poprzednie Następne  Czech Republic…

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Rebel Daily 6: Brutality in Belgium

(Sign up to the International Newsletter here) It’s been quite a weekend. We’ve seen no slowing down of global actions: Berlin, London, Australia, Turkey – as ever, more than we can name. But today’s showstoppers are undoubtedly the rebels in the Netherlands, Czech Republic, and most of all in Belgium. Well over 700 arrests took place in these three countries, 435 in Brussels alone, but these numbers on their own say nothing of the extraordinary courage shown by rebels in the face of some of the most appalling treatment our movement has yet faced. Rebels form Extinction…

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