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London Rebellion: Day 3

In a grim metaphor for the ongoing extermination and extinction of so much of our planet’s natural life, the police are picking rebels off the street with steady assurance – 92 year-olds and Pink Octopi alike have been removed. And they do it with the authority of laws not designed to protect the wellbeing of citizens, but to protect an insatiable growth-based status quo.  Arrests (600 and counting) were very much expected. More of a surprise is the new tactic of forcefully confiscating shelter, food and water, and anything that might allow disabled people to conveniently participate.

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London Rebellion: Day 2

After Monday’s exhilaration, today we’ve been pushing down roots and getting used to life in the capital. As we found in April, there comes a point at which it seems almost natural that we would be here in the roads. Natural, but also nicer: instead of car engines, choirs and samba bands; instead of throngs of busy strangers, free food and open dialogue (not least from incorrigible truth-teller Jonathan Pie!) Not everyone seems to agree with the improvement: the Met have been making their usual efforts to dislodge these implausible utopias. The arrest count continues to climb –…

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XR Unchained: Day 2 of Rebellion

XR is more Unchained than ever. The sheer scope of creative, ingenious and courageous actions all over the globe is no longer something we can even attempt to keep up with. But rather than leaving so much unrecorded, we thought we’d give you our readers the chance to succeed where we can’t: so below, you’ll find a messy, beautiful, and quite possibly overwhelming scrapbook of everything that’s come to our attention in the past 24 hours. We can’t guarantee the dates or other details which you might find – we don’t have time to check it all! What we can…

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Rebel Daily 2: The Rebellion Takes Root

(Sign up to the international newsletter here) The seeds have been sewn. Compassion; awareness; courage. They landed in cities, suburbs and farmland; in hearts and in minds, taking no account of age or occupation or background. And now we’re growing: taking root.  In some cities we’re established on the roads and growing stronger by the day. Tents are assembled, flags are dangled, kitchens put together. In other places we’re meeting, painting, blocking: making our mark in other ways. Rebel campers make it through the first night of Rebellion. But the deeper growth is…

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Rebel Daily 1: The Sun Rises on a New Wave of Rebellion

International Rebellion is here. And it’s bigger and more beautiful than we dared to imagine. This is what mass civil disobedience looks like.  It’s happening. It can’t be ignored. It’s only growing stronger. It’s a rebellion. We’re back on the roads – with as much joy, fear, love and courage as ever. We’re shutting down cities – not because it’s fun (though it can be), but because it’s our last option for stopping this toxic system in its tracks. Our world is dying; to save it, we’ll need everyone – wherever and whoever you are – to do your bit.

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London is alive with Rebellion

Introduction They may have pre-emptively taken away our infrastructure and cushions, they may have confiscated our tents and displays over a largely cold, overcast, and drizzly day, and they may have arrested over 270 of us, but tonight the police can still only look on as rebel sites circle the capital. We built a bedded-in fortress around Westminster, the house of a government that is still not telling the truth about the urgency of the climate crisis, still not doing nearly enough to halt biodiversity loss or reduce greenhouse gases, and refuses to be led by Parliament, let alone by…

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XR Unchained: Aaaand we’re off! International

Kiwi Kick-Off 7 OCT | Wellington, New Zealand  Aotearoa rebels kicked off the International Rebellion by shutting down their capital, Wellington. Rising early, they seized and held the Ministry of Business, Innovation  & Employment (AKA Ministry for Oil, Gas and Minerals) all day, blocking all entrances with glued hands and “climate crime scene” tape.  The street was blocked off on either end with a pink wheel-less car and the now iconic pink boat, each vehicle encircled by undetachable activists. Meanwhile, growing numbers of rebels started a blockade to keep the authorities on their toes and block one of the main…

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Rebellion Needs (UK)

This Rebellion needs all hands on deck. ACTION SCHEDULE – Thursday and Friday XR Professionals THURSDAY: 5.30pm @ Trafalgar Sq Please come and join protesting professionals in your work attire / with a white sash / a placard stating your profession / job/ vocation / caregiving role. 🥜🥗🌯🌮🥙🥜🥗🌯🌮🥙 Also in Trafalgar Square… Performance Art: Human Connection🕰 5.30pm🏛 Trafalgar Square A mass human performance art to demonstrate the power of human connection through Reconciliation* In this moment of intensity, may we come together to remember our humanity and unite in togetherness. This is not a…

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You can’t confiscate an idea

Earlier today, London police appeared at a warehouse in Lambeth, arrested ten people, and confiscated XR equipment. It’s not the plan, but this is not a surprise – following our brilliance in April, the police (or at least those haven’t joined us!) have been using stern language. Pre-emptive action was very much expected. What’s more surprising, though, is that police would use such irregular procedures for such little gain. In the words of Richard Ecclestone, a former police officer now a member of XR: “These tactics are very questionable and are arguably infringing on our rights to peaceful protest”. The Shadow Policing…

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