Country Highlights — XR’s International Week of Rebellion starting 4/15/2019

 

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Australia: One protester is in custody and another was taken to hospital after Extinction Rebellion activists stepped in front of a moving coal train headed for the Port of Brisbane./ The train driver was forced to slam on the emergency brakes after a group of protesters climbed on to the freight tracks in Wynnum on Thursday afternoon, police said. …

Austria: Activists of the climate initiative “Extinction Rebellion” also demonstrated in Vienna on Wednesday. They blocked the ring road at the Burgtheater in the afternoon. The protest took place as part of a campaign week of the initiative. The police released the blockade after about three quarters of an hour. …

Canada: Police have arrested four people after an environmental protest in Halifax on Monday. / The protest, which was held by Extinction Rebellion Nova Scotia, was carried out to draw attention to the “global climate crisis.” / According to organizers, the goal of Monday’s protest was to make the crisis an editorial priority for media outlets in Halifax as well as change the priorities of Nova Scotia Power to sustainable energy alternatives. / Activists planned to protest in front of the Chronicle Herald building on Joseph Howe Drive before marching to the CBC Nova Scotia on Mumford Road, then finally arriving in front of the Nova Scotia Power building on Lower Water Street. …

England: [After 7 days of occupation, p]olice have cleared the remaining Extinction Rebellion activists from Waterloo Bridge in London, despite earlier calls on social media for people that were willing to be arrested to “go there and save it”. / The roads around Parliament Square were cleared of protesters earlier on Sunday, with the northbound carriageway of Waterloo Bridge reopened to traffic by the evening. On Sunday night, police continued their operations, moving to remove the last activists, who had glued themselves to the bridge and to each other. / … / The Metropolitan police has requested about 200 extra officers to help deal with the protests, in which 963 people have been arrested and 42 people, aged from 19 to 77, charged. / Extinction Rebellion have said there will be a “people’s assembly” at Marble Arch on Monday afternoon to decide what will happen in the coming week, with the movement appearing split on what next steps to take in their campaign of non-violent civil disobedience. …

France: Parts of a major business district just outside of Paris city limits were shutdown Friday when more than 2,000 climate campaigners staged what organizers described as one of France’s largest ever acts of civil disobedience. / Peaceful demonstrators descended on La Défense to protest government complicity and companies fueling the global climate crisis. / Carrying signs that condemned Emmanuel Macron as “president of polluters,” the protesters blocked access to the buildings of three major businesses and the Ministry for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition. / The direct action was organized by Action Non-Violente (ANV) COP21 and the French chapters of Friends of the Earth and Greenpeace, but members of at least 14 climate groups reportedly joined the mass mobilization. …

Germany:  On Monday, climate protectors temporarily blocked the Oberbaum Bridge between Berlin-Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg. Sitting there, the activists paralyzed traffic in the afternoon. After unsuccessful negotiation attempts by the police, the demonstrators were carried away without much opposition in the evening. The bridge was reopened for traffic around 7:00 pm / The information on the number of participants varied, and the police did not want to commit themselves officially. Observers reported several hundred people. Traffic around the bridge was blocked, the police said. …

The Hague: Climate change activists occupied part of the International Criminal Court in The Hague on Monday, unfurling banners and forming human chains before being arrested. / The demonstration by Extinction Rebellion, is the same group leading climate protests in London. / The group said they were not protesting the work of the ICC, but that they wanted ecocide recognised as an international crime. …

Italy: Thousands of people are gone on good Friday around the world for more climate protection on the road. Alone in Rome, several Thousand mostly young people – gathered with the Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg. / “We will continue our fight for our future,” promised the 16-year-old student under the cheers of the crowd on the Central square of Piazza del Popolo. …

Netherlands: Hundreds of students died a symbolic death yesterday [4/18] at universities throughout the country, including more than 50 in the main building of the UvA. This is to draw attention to the fatal consequences of climate disruption. Student groups within Extinction Rebellion Netherlands call on their universities to act against climate change. This happened simultaneously at universities and colleges throughout the country, including in Nijmegen, Groningen, Amsterdam, Delft, Leiden, The Hague, Maastricht and Utrecht. The actions are part of the International Rebellion Week that is taking place simultaneously in more than 80 cities in 33 countries. …

New Zealand: Mirroring their British counterparts, climate change activist group Extinction Rebellion took to New Zealand streets today to protest against climate change and ecological collapse./ The group held protests in seven cities today: Auckland, Thames, Tauranga, Wellington, Nelson, Christchurch and Dunedin. / The activists called on the Government to declare a climate emergency. …

Portugal: The global Extinction Rebellion movement is promoting a week of protests around the world to challenge “the meager action of governments” in the fight against climate change. In Portugal, a television has already been invaded and a minister has been interrupted. / Whoever called this morning, April 16, the TV at CMTV may have noticed a somewhat strange presence in the channel studios. A group of activists from the Extinction Rebellion movement in Portuguese invaded the spaces where the morning broadcast of the media was taking place and, while holding signs and banners, protested against the “permanent misrepresentation that some organs practice when they relegate to issue of climate change for second or third degree.” …

Scotland: Edinburgh’s North Bridge was today [16 April] vacated by traffic after being successfully occupied by a sizeable protest action organised by the environmentalist direct action group Extinction Rebellion Scotland. The act of mass civil disobedience brought to Edinburgh Extinction Rebellion’s ‘International Week of Rebellion’ – which has seen similar actions take place in capital cities around the world in an effort to spur governments into action on reducing carbon emissions. …

Spain: Several dozen people have gathered on Monday in front of the entrance of the headquarters of Repsol in Madrid to denounce that the company “continue to burn fossil fuels for the benefit of capital and the ruin of the planet,” they said on social networks. / The protest, organized by Extinction Rebellion Spain, is part of the week of ‘international rebellion’ that the organization has called and that begins on April 15. / The group in Spain has blocked the entrance to the Repsol building with a sit-in and a banner reading “no planet B” while shouting proclamations such as “without a planet there is no future”. / “We declare ourselves in rebellion against our governments for their criminal negligence, by not urgently addressing the climate, ecological and civilizational crisis that we face,” they said in the statement. ..

 

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