Now eco mob target Black Friday: XR activists lock themselves to bamboo towers and scaffolding as they block 13 Amazon warehouses across the UK
Pictures showed activists sitting in large bamboo towers outside the warehouses, preventing vans and lorries from getting in.
In Dartford – one of 13 sites targeted – protesters held a sign saying ‘Black Friday exploits people and planet’, while in Peterborough the slogan was ‘infinite growth harms planet’.
In Manchester, XR have strewn items along Sunbank Lane near Manchester Airport in order to stop traffic. Other sites that have been blocked include ones in Peterborough, Newcastle, Darlington and Dunfermline.
One distribution centre near Bristol has also been blocked since 4am.
PETERBOROUGH: Extinction Rebellion activists block a street leading out of an Amazon fulfilment centre in Peterborough with bamboo structures and banners
MANCHESTER: In Manchester, XR have strewn items along Sunbank Lane near Manchester Airport in order to stop traffic
Essex Police said they were dealing with an XR protest in Tilbury.
The force tweeted: “We’re dealing with a protest outside an Amazon warehouse in Windrush Road, Tilbury and engaging with people at the scene to ensure it remains safe.
“However, we expect the disruption to run into the morning rush hours and we’re asking motorists to take some delays into account.”
XR South East UK tweeted: “Extinction Rebellion blockade #AMAZON fulfilment centres across the UK and Europe on #BlackFriday holding them responsible for the damage they do to #PeopleAndPlanet. #InfiniteGrowthFinitePlanet.”
But angry social media users hit out, with one tweeting: ‘Agree with saving the climate…but you need public support to get the government to care.
‘Blocking roads just annoys folk and loses you the good will from the public (especially the working ones whose taxes pay your benefits).’
PETERBOROUGH: XR activists placed a sign along the road saying ‘infinite growth finite planet’. Protesters use bamboo structures because they take time for the police to dismantle
PETERBOROUGH: Each of the bamboo structures (including this one in Peterborough) had someone sitting inside. They are designed to be as difficult to dismantle as possible
MANCHESTER: A protester sitting on top of a wooden box in front of an Amazon fulfilment centre at Manchester Airport
MANCHESTER: Activists held up a banner saying infinite growth finite planet’ – a common phrase repeated by the likes of Greta Thunberg
Amazon has published a commitment to reach net-zero carbon across the business by 2040, 10 years ahead of the Paris Agreement.
Earlier this month XR pledged to mobilise two million protestors to launch what it says will be ‘the largest act of civil resistance in UK history’ in April next year.
The environmental campaign group made the pledge today after criticising this month’s climate summit, claiming it did not go far enough to tackle the crisis.
The group said that the number of activists taking part in their demonstrations had dwindled during the pandemic but that they hoped to rely on record numbers in 2022.
In a video which draws on images of the Suffragettes, Ghandi and Martin Luther King, XR spokesperson Nuala Gathercole Lam calls for action and says: ‘When millions of people come together to demand change, governments have no choice but to act.
‘This is what’s needed now. Let’s do what works – prolonged, disruptive, non-violent civil resistance.’
XR is vowing ‘the largest act of climate resistance’ in April next year. Pictured: Protester Diana Warner glues her hand to a train as demonstrators block traffic at Canary Wharf Station on April 25, 2019
Citing research carried out at Harvard University, XR says that movements which achieved ‘active engagement’ of at least 3.5 per cent of the population have ‘never failed to bring about significant social and political change’.
The group says that 3.5 per cent of the UK population equates to 2.3 million people and has set itself the target of recruiting those people for its campaign in 2022.
XR believes if they hit this target then their protests in April next year will be ‘the largest act of civil resistance in UK history’ as it issued an appeal for people to join its cause.
Group spokesman Nuala Gathercole Lam added: ‘While our mass participation campaigns of 2019 played a significant role in driving forward the recognition of the climate and ecological crisis, 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.’
Starting from Monday April 15, 2019, Extinction Rebellion organised several disruptive demonstrations in London targeting popular areas including Oxford Circus and Waterloo Bridge.
As well as disrupting commuters on the roads, activists caused severe delays on the transport network by gluing themselves to trains.
During their October campaign, Extinction Rebellion protesters spray fake blood on Treasury