Extinction Rebellion stage coup d'etat in Cambridge.

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Iñigo de Loyola
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XR have threatened to stage a coup in order to get a ”citizen's assembly” with a binding mandate installed in Cambridge and are now ripping up the Trinity College lawn, stopping roads and blocking council meetings. Meanwhile, PC Plod has done... sweet **** all.

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Extinction Rebellion is threatening to “bring [Cambridge] to a halt” unless the city’s elected politicians hand over “significant decision-making powers and a binding mandate” to an unelected “citizens’ assembly”. Guido is pretty sure there is a word for people who use threaten people’s way of life to achieve political ends…
The rigged ‘citizens assembly‘ Extinction Rebellion is demanding would “exclude those who directly profit from the exploitation of workers, the Global South, or natural resources.” This would replace the functions of the elected city council. Extinction Rebellion would do well to realise there are local elections in just a few months time. It seems they’ve decided that launching a coup is easier than winning an election…

Climate change protestors have moved on from illegal road closures to the active destruction of property. Following their Home Office attack last week, the Extinction Rebellion group have turned to ripping up the lawn of Trinity College Cambridge today. This forms part of their action in Cambridge including stopping a council meeting, blocking roads (including forcing an ambulance to turn back), all in order to seize legislative powers from the council.
Today’s destructive stunt was overseen by police, who confirmed to Cambridge News that they are refusing to make any arrests. Ray Bisby, the acting Police and Crime Commissioner for the area said:
“The constabulary is in a challenging position where they will work in partnership to provide a proportionate policing response to the protest, balancing the needs and rights of protestors with those impacted by the protest.”

Surely an excellent new tactic for other petty criminals. Simply call your trashing of property rights “a protest” and get off escape arrest!
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Tear gas the vandals and be done with it.
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I'd have more time for extinction rebellion if they actually protested with public, rarther than against us. Also if they staged the same protests in heavier polluting countries.

Bringing one if the cleanest developed country to a stand still, isnt the greatest way to win support
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It's so pathetic. Just children who have too much time on their hands and want to feel good.
And what is that response from the police? Probably the university has used its pulling power to tell the council to back off...

The UK could be doing a lot more on climate change but we are still doing a lot, certainly there are countries that are so much worse than us. But XR was never just about climate change, it's about destroying capitalism.
These middle-class champagne socialists give the majority of us who work on reducing climate change a bad name.
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XR have threatened to stage a coup in order to get a ”citizen's assembly” with a binding mandate installed in Cambridge and are now ripping up the Trinity College lawn, stopping roads and blocking council meetings. Meanwhile, PC Plod has done... sweet **** all.

I'm going to copy and paste the Guido Fawkes articles here:
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Extinction Rebellion is threatening to “bring [Cambridge] to a halt” unless the city’s elected politicians hand over “significant decision-making powers and a binding mandate” to an unelected “citizens’ assembly”. Guido is pretty sure there is a word for people who use threaten people’s way of life to achieve political ends…
The rigged ‘citizens assembly‘ Extinction Rebellion is demanding would “exclude those who directly profit from the exploitation of workers, the Global South, or natural resources.” This would replace the functions of the elected city council. Extinction Rebellion would do well to realise there are local elections in just a few months time. It seems they’ve decided that launching a coup is easier than winning an election…

Climate change protestors have moved on from illegal road closures to the active destruction of property. Following their Home Office attack last week, the Extinction Rebellion group have turned to ripping up the lawn of Trinity College Cambridge today. This forms part of their action in Cambridge including stopping a council meeting, blocking roads (including forcing an ambulance to turn back), all in order to seize legislative powers from the council.
Today’s destructive stunt was overseen by police, who confirmed to Cambridge News that they are refusing to make any arrests. Ray Bisby, the acting Police and Crime Commissioner for the area said:
“The constabulary is in a challenging position where they will work in partnership to provide a proportionate policing response to the protest, balancing the needs and rights of protestors with those impacted by the protest.”

Surely an excellent new tactic for other petty criminals. Simply call your trashing of property rights “a protest” and get off escape arrest!

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Yawn. Clearly youngsters who have too much time on their hands. Ask me about hardship. Bet you wont
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PRSOM.
I wonder where Boris's water cannons are. Heck, I'd even get a garden hose and do the job myself.
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FYI

The Cambridgeshire police and crime commissioner election is in May this year... maybe people will be motivated to elect a PCC who promises to prioritise cracking down on these weird and confusing 'protests'

https://www.cambridgeshire-pcc.gov.u...pcc-elections/
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FYI

The Cambridgeshire police and crime commissioner election is in May this year... maybe people will be motivated to elect a PCC who promises to prioritise cracking down on these weird and confusing 'protests'

https://www.cambridgeshire-pcc.gov.u...pcc-elections/
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XR have threatened to stage a coup in order to get a ”citizen's assembly” with a binding mandate installed in Cambridge and are now ripping up the Trinity College lawn, stopping roads and blocking council meetings. Meanwhile, PC Plod has done... sweet **** all.

I'm going to copy and paste the Guido Fawkes articles here:
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Extinction Rebellion is threatening to “bring [Cambridge] to a halt” unless the city’s elected politicians hand over “significant decision-making powers and a binding mandate” to an unelected “citizens’ assembly”. Guido is pretty sure there is a word for people who use threaten people’s way of life to achieve political ends…
The rigged ‘citizens assembly‘ Extinction Rebellion is demanding would “exclude those who directly profit from the exploitation of workers, the Global South, or natural resources.” This would replace the functions of the elected city council. Extinction Rebellion would do well to realise there are local elections in just a few months time. It seems they’ve decided that launching a coup is easier than winning an election…

Climate change protestors have moved on from illegal road closures to the active destruction of property. Following their Home Office attack last week, the Extinction Rebellion group have turned to ripping up the lawn of Trinity College Cambridge today. This forms part of their action in Cambridge including stopping a council meeting, blocking roads (including forcing an ambulance to turn back), all in order to seize legislative powers from the council.
Today’s destructive stunt was overseen by police, who confirmed to Cambridge News that they are refusing to make any arrests. Ray Bisby, the acting Police and Crime Commissioner for the area said:
“The constabulary is in a challenging position where they will work in partnership to provide a proportionate policing response to the protest, balancing the needs and rights of protestors with those impacted by the protest.”

Surely an excellent new tactic for other petty criminals. Simply call your trashing of property rights “a protest” and get off escape arrest!

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What they have done to the lawn is disgusting and uncalled for. It's lost them a lot of support, and I hope they get arrested, convicted of criminal damage, and end up with hefty fines and criminal records.
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What they have done to the lawn is disgusting and uncalled for. It's lost them a lot of support, and I hope they get arrested, convicted of criminal damage, and end up with hefty fines and criminal records.
I think I owe you a follow...
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As someone who lives in Cambridge and has various connections to people who protested this week (although not specifically at Trinity College), I think it's really a shame that people go so far, so unnecessarily. For starters, they are haemorrhaging public support, which they seem to be aware of, if not happy about in some cases. It really shows a disregard for society at large, which I find rather ridiculous given the momentum of the green movement and in Cambridge more than most. As a city, it is one of the most liberal places in the country but also its emissions are low relative to other major population centres so I find the efforts placed so heavily on Cambridge to be misplaced. Extinction Rebellion can be a force for good but now it unfortunately is in favour of seeking attention rather than support and complaining about the issues rather than helping to solve them.
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What they have done to the lawn is disgusting and uncalled for. It's lost them a lot of support, and I hope they get arrested, convicted of criminal damage, and end up with hefty fines and criminal records.
What on earth is it try to prove? That they love the environment? uh...
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I support XR's message that time is running out and that we need to act globally. That is something I very much believe.
However, disturbing places and going against us (when they should be working with us) isn't the way to do it.
Nor is digging up a lawn. It's gotten attention to their cause though, which is why they do it.
We should do everything we can here first, then we (and groups like XR) should start to focus on heavier polluting countries like China because it's a global issue.
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I'd take them slightly more seriously if they actually proposed a viable alternative, stopped being irritating children on the matter and werent a bunch of vandals.
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I'd take them slightly more seriously if they actually proposed a viable alternative, stopped being irritating children on the matter and werent a bunch of vandals.
Agreed PRISOM
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