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Extinction Rebellion threatens to ruin Easter holidays next year with 2 MILLION protesters hitting streets

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EXTINCTION Rebellion has threatened to ruin the Easter holidays next year as they plan to get 2 MILLION protesters hitting the streets.

The eco-warriors will mobilise the hundreds of thousands of protesters to cause disruption next April in what they’ve described as “the largest act of civil resistance in UK history.”

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XR have announced they’re planning to mobilise 2 million protesters in April[/caption]

Insulate Britain disrupted traffic on the M25 in September 2021
Insulate Britain disrupted traffic on the M25 in September and October 2021

The latest pledge comes after they criticised this month’s COP26 climate summit, claiming it did not go far enough to tackle the crisis.

Despite the number of their activists dwindling during the pandemic, XR said they hoped to rely on record numbers in 2022. 

The group said that they would release their disruptive April dates in the New Year.

Nuala Gathercole Lam of Extinction Rebellion, said: The tragic lack of action is not for a shortage of potential solutions to the climate crisis, but down to a lack of political will to make difficult changes that threaten powerful financial interests.

“For real progress to be made in future climate talks, one of the major polluting nations must step up and break the deadlock. 

“The theory behind Extinction Rebellion is that mass participation in civil disobedience – on the doorstep of the government, media and elites – is our best shot at creating the political conditions for the UK to step up and play that role.” 


Lam added: “While our mass participation campaigns of April and October 2019 played a significant role in driving forward the recognition of the climate and ecological crisis – the UK parliament was the first to declare a climate emergency, our government was the first major economy to sign a net-zero date into law and the British public have the highest levels of climate concern globally – XR’s actions have not yet brought about the real action on the part of government needed to reduce emissions and restore biodiversity. 

“That’s why in 2022 we will be working to grow our numbers and developing designs for civil resistance campaigns, the first of which will take place in April 2022.

“Our mobilisation program will continue to build numbers through the year with the aim of achieving XR’s three demands.

“The failure of COP26, and indeed the COP process generally, is devastating but not surprising – it is clearer than ever now that it’s up to all of us.”

They hope to get two million people on the streets – as this is roughly 3.5 per cent of the population.

And according to a Harvard research paper which they site, movements that achieved “active engagement” of at least 3.5 per cent of the population have “never failed to bring about significant social and political change.”

Extinction Rebellion said that if they meet their target, it will be “the largest act of civil resistance in UK history” as it issued an appeal for people to join its cause.

The campaign group started their demonstrations in April 2019, organising several disruptive demonstrations in London targeting popular areas including Waterloo Bridge.

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They have caused serious disruption to roads and public transport by gluring themselves to the concrete and trains.

Most recently, a topless eco-warrior took her campaign one step further and completely bared all at Downing Street as she demands the “naked truth”. 

Laura Amherst, 31, stripped down to just rainbow striped socks and trainers to protest outside of No 10 – even ranting at security guards. 

The mum-of-one used signs and placards to cover up some of her modesty while demonstrating outside of the Prime Minister’s home. 

She hopes to encourage Boris Johnson and the government to set a target of achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2025 and she also wants them to address animal agriculture.

Laura also posted footage online of her telling security guards that she is not breaking any laws by “trying to save the planet”. 

On the morning of September 13, 2021, XR rebels plonked themselves in the middle of the M25 during rush hour and have since carried out more protests.

The protest caused disruption at Junction 3 for Swanley in Kent, Junction 6 for Godstone in Surrey, Junction 14 for Heathrow Terminal 5, Junction 20 for Kings Langley in Hertfordshire, and Junction 31 for Purfleet in Essex.

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The same tactic was used by the group two days later on September 15 with 89 protesters blocking the motorway during rush hour.

One mob blocked Junction 23 at South Mimms, Hertfordshire, while another shut down the main carriageway from Junction 8 at Reigate to Junction 9 at Leatherhead, both in Surrey.

Some people have even glued their hands to the road in the Dartford Crossing area at Junction 1A and 1B.

The climate change group, dressed in hi-vis and brandishing banners reading “please turn off your engine’” plonked themselves in the middle of the road in both locations.

Protesters then blocked the motorway on September 17 with activists vowing to return “as soon as possible”.

In October, XR launched a two-week series of actions which they called “International Rebellion” which took place in 60 cities worldwide.

In London, this included actions which saw several thousand people shut down parts of Westminster, blocking Whitehall, the Mall, Westminster Bridge, Lambeth Bridge, Trafalgar Square, Downing Street and Victoria Embankment.

They also used a fire engine to spray fake blood onto and around the Treasury. 

Protest group Insulate Britain are demanding that Boris Johnson makes 'significant legislative change to start lowering emissions'
Protest group Insulate Britain are demanding that Boris Johnson makes ‘significant legislative change to start lowering emissions’

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