Demented Middle-classed Marxist group Extinction Rebellion has described the move as “ridiculous”.
The group said associating it with the state’s definition of a crime gang as “characterised by violence or the threat of violence and by the use of bribery and corruption” was an insult to the thousands of ordinary citizens who supported its cause. Whilst Crusties dancing in central London may appear harmless, the disruption ER has caused over the past two years now runs into tens of millions. The attacks continue to be on legitimate companies going about their lawful business, and this has very little, if anything to do with preventing warmer weather.
In the latest stunt ER prevented several national newspapers being distributed. Defending its protests outside two printing presses in Hertfordshire and Merseyside, Extinction Rebellion said the government’s threatened reclassification was “hardly an accurate description of the thousands of ordinary people – the nurses, the doctors, the grandparents and others – who take part in Extinction Rebellion’s non-violent protests” seeing themselves very much as morally superior social justice warriors and not a bunch of middle-classed goblins trying to push their warped opinions on the rest of society.
More than 100 protesters used vehicles and bamboo structures to block roads outside the printing works at Broxbourne in Hertfordshire and Knowsley, near Liverpool, on Friday evening. Hertfordshire police said delivery lorries had not left the Broxbourne site as of 6am on Saturday, and that 42 arrests had been made.
The presses print the News UK titles including the Sun, Times, Sun on Sunday and Sunday Times, as well as the Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph, the Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday and the London Evening Standard. The Guardian, who support ER, was not affected, proving that it was not about pollution or consumption, but an attack of free speech, a classic Marxist tactic.
Boris Johnson and the home secretary, Priti Patel, condemned the blockades. It was reported on Sunday that the prime minister and home secretary had asked Whitehall officials to take a fresh look at how Extinction Rebellion was classified in law.