Extinction Rebellion warned they WILL face ‘full force of law’ as minister issues threat
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Extinction Rebellion have been ordered to publicly apologise after a demonstration disrupted the distribution of newspapers as well as local businesses. At the end of last week, protesters used trucks and bamboo scaffolds to block roads outside the Newsprinters printing works at Broxbourne, in Hertfordshire, and Knowsley, near Liverpool. Conservative Minister of State from the Home Department, Kit Malthouse, slammed the climate change activists in a statement to the Commons and warned that they would face the “full force of the law”.
He said: “It would be far more productive if rather than plotting disruption and chaos, those behind Extinction Rebellion put their efforts into working with this Government to tackle climate change and build a green economy.
“While they persist in their current course, our message to those individuals is clear.
“If you plan to curtail our freedoms through criminal acts, be in no doubt that you will face the full force of the law.
“As a government, we will not stand by and allow the livelihoods of working people to be undermined by a minority using the pretence of tackling climate change to impose an extremist world view.”
Mr Malthouse continued: “Extinction Rebellion’s actions have shown how the tactics of disruptive protest are changing.
“The Home Secretary and I are committed to learning the lessons of recent protests, and to ensuring that the police have the powers required to deal with the disruption caused by groups such as ER.
“As always our thanks go to the police for their tireless efforts to respond to all manner of incidents.
“Particularly at this time when so many have worked so hard during the pandemic.”
The MP added: “I hope the leaders of Extinction Rebellion will issue an apology to them for actions that have been roundly condemned by all mainstream opinion in our country.
“By their actions this weekend, XR have done nothing to bolster the cause of fighting climate change.
“Rather they have reminded us of the value of a free press and free expression, and made us think about what more we may need to do to protect those freedoms.”
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These presses print the Sun, Times, Sun on Sunday and Sunday Times, as well as the Daily Telegraph, Sunday Telegraph, the Daily Mail, Mail on Sunday and the London Evening Standard.
The police arrested around 80 people nationally and worked throughout the weekend to clear the sites completely.
In Broxbourne, approximately 100 protesters were reported in attendance.
Assistance from neighbouring forces was required with work long into the early hours to ease disruption.
51 protesters were arrested for public nuisance and subsequently charged with obstruction of the highway. Disruption concluded by midday on Saturday.
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