News Reports

Here are excerpts from mainstream media coverage featuring XR Peace actions and activists. To read the any of the full articles click the headline.

Extinction Rebellion targets arms industry: Disarm to Decarbonise

17.10.2019 – London – Extinction Rebellion
Pressenza International Press Agency

XR Peace has today joined with other anti-arms trade activists to stage a day of action targeting key players in the polluting, oppressive arms industry.

At 8am, XR Peace activists glued and locked themselves onto the doors of Leonardo UK’s HQ in Great George Street to protest the company’s involvement in the arms trade by providing guidance systems for missiles used in Yemen and Syria, as well as other media technology and telecommunications. Three activists were arrested on the scene; a fourth was arrested for holding a banner.

At 9.30am, eight XR Peace activists, including a 91-year-old man, from the Trident Ploughshares group glued themselves together outside the Supreme Court to highlight the government’s continued failure to obey international law on arms production. The action is to highlight that the indiscriminate use of Trident nuclear weapons to kill civilians as well as military targets is illegal under international law.

At 11am, four XR activists glued or locked themselves onto the door at Lockheed Martin’s London HQ one of the biggest arm companies in the world, supplying weapons in Yemen and Syria. Three people looking on were arrested.

Extinction Rebellion’s peace activists blockade entrance to arms dealer’s office

by Ceren Sagir, Morning Star
Tuesday October 15, 2019

Six protesters were arrested after protesting outside BAE Systems’ central London headquarters in protest against sales of British arms to Turkey and Saudi Arabia. .

CLIMATE change activists were arrested yesterday for blockading the entrance to BAE Systems’ central London office

Extinction Rebellion protests: Hundreds arrested as climate activists shut down Westminster

Extinction Rebellion protests: Hundreds arrested as climate activists shut down Westminster

7th October 2019 by Phoebe Weston, Science Correspondent, the Independent. Additional reporting by PA.

Protests are targeting heart of government as part of ‘international rebellion’ around world

Thousands of protesters have blocked roads around Westminster and set up camps with tents and banners to mark the start of two-week long protests to demand urgent government action on the climate and environmental crises.

Police say there have already been 280 arrests in connection with the London protests which are part of a peaceful “international rebellion” around the world.

Police said one 81-year-old woman was arrested this morning.

Sarah Lasenby, a Quaker and retired social worker from Oxford, was arrested as protesters from the XR Peace group blocked Victoria Embankment outside the Ministry of Defence, XR said.

She said: “For 21 years my main concern has been to help get rid of UK nuclear weapons. I am still keen to do this, but once I came across XR I was so relieved to have something I could do about the ghastly state we have got our planet in.

“The whole thing is so urgent that it is imperative the government should take serious actions and put pressure on other states and global powers to radically reduce the use of fossil fuels, even if this means we need to reduce our comfort at home and so much flying.”

Emotional Extinction Rebellion Activist Compares Protesters To Gandhi – LBC

7 October 2019, 09:31
by LBC.co.uk

This tearful Extinction Rebellion activist compared the protesters to Gandhi and Martin Luther King as they started their two weeks of action.

Rowan spoke to LBC as the first set of demonstrators were arrested after gluing themselves to a car parked in the middle of the road outside the Department of Defence.

She said: “I’m feeling quite moved at the moment because I’ve just been watching people being taken away. It’s very moving seeing people giving their freedom and giving so much of their lives.

“Some of these people have been doing this for years, trying to raise the warning about climate change. I really feel that this is their last chance to try to turn things around.

“If we don’t turn it around this time, that’s it. That’s it for the people in the future.

“I feel the legacy we’ve inherited from the people who have done non-violence civil disobedience in the past – people like Martin Luther King and Gandhi. They all fought for freedom and human rights and for the right for life on earth.

“They’ve handed the torch on to us.”

Extinction Rebellion: 217 protesters arrested in first day of disruption in central London

7th October 2019, 10.23am, by Tony Diver, The Telegraph

81-year-old Quaker among those arrested

An 81-year-old Quaker has been arrested for her involvement in attempts to block Victoria Embankment, outside the Ministry of Defence.

Sarah Lasenby, a retired social worker from Oxford, is one of 21 protesters the Met counted had been arrested by 8am.

She said: “”The whole thing is so urgent that it is imperative the Government should take serious actions and put pressure on other states and global powers to radically reduce the use of fossil fuels, even if this means we need to reduce our comfort at home and so much flying.”

Commuters’ outrage as Extinction Rebellion brings parts of London to a standstill by blocking Westminster and Lambeth Bridges, Embankment and Downing Street before invading The Mall during the Changing of the Guard

Published: 07:57, 7 October 2019 | Updated: 19:09 by Mark Duell and Shekhar Bhatia and William Cole for Mail Online and Colin Fernandez and Susie Coen for The Daily Mail

This morning, activists gathered for their first protest on Victoria Embankment where they unfurled a banner on a human roadblock saying ‘XR Peace – For Earth, For All Of Us’ and held a placard saying: ‘Tell the Truth’.

XR said protesters from the XR Peace group arrested as they blocked Victoria Embankment outside the Ministry of Defence included Sarah Lasenby, 81, a Quaker and retired social worker from Oxford.

She said: ‘For 21 years my main concern has been to help get rid of UK nuclear weapons. I am still keen to do this but once I came across XR I was so relieved to have something I could do about the ghastly state we have got our planet in.’

She added: ‘The whole thing is so urgent that it is imperative the Government should take serious actions and put pressure on other states and Global Powers to radically reduce the use of fossil fuels even if this means we need to reduce our comfort at home and so much flying.’