Marlborough climate activist, Jo Ripley was arrested on Tuesday last week (1 September) as she, along with many other Extinction Rebellion (XR) protestors occupied the roads in Parliament Square.
This time Jo spent the night in the cells of Bromley Police station.
As she explained to marlborough.news, her actions were aimed at “highlighting the urgent need for action to help avert the worst impacts from climate breakdown and to support the Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill, being tabled in Parliament by Caroline Lucas, MP.”
XR activity over the past week has focused on Parliament and also the ‘Murdoch press’. Protests targeted specific government departments (such as Transport) with arrests, as Jo explained “for protesting at the £27 billion road building programme and the ecologically wrecking HS2 project (which won’t be carbon neutral for 100+ years), banks and institutions, e.g. Lloyds of London, complicit in insuring the slave trade and now insuring huge fossil fuel projects in Indigenous lands.”
Yesterday (Saturday 5 September), readers of many national papers (particularly The Times, Sun and Telegraph) were deprived of their early copies as XR protestors blockaded several of the News Group printing presses around the country stopping the normal flow of newspapers from press to retailer.