Extinction Rebellion (XR) has called on activists to ‘flood the streets’ this weekend in a series of mass-gatherings. A four-day ‘regional rebellion’ from today until Bank Holiday Monday will see protests across the UK, including in Leeds, Manchester, Bristol and London, It is encouraging protesters to take local action targeting the aviation sector, banks, the fossil fuel industry and petrol stations.
Protests are due to include roadblocks, marches, sit-ins, bike rides and picnics, with organisers emphasising the need for ‘non-violent direct action’. XR also said it will be ‘pushing very hard’ for all participants to obey Government rules.
Other protests will include a roadblock in Bristol, a mass bike ride from Brighton to London, banner drops and rallies against the expansion Luton Airport and the aviation industry at Gatwick Airport.
Tomorrow (Saturday) in Leeds at 3.00pm a protest starting at Millennium Square in Leeds is aimed at stopping the expansion of Leeds Bradford Airport. Activists will cycle across the region showing people in West Yorkshire how far they believe the noise pollution will travel if the expansion is approved.
XR supporters are also being encouraged to protest digitally, and urged to phone their MPs and ‘institutions of power’.
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