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Many Londoners support Extinction Rebellion’s cause, but not their tactics

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Professor of Politics, Professor Tim Bale wrote an article for The Times, discussing Extinction Rebellion’s impact on Londoners. He writes: “Last month’s climate change protests organized by Extinction Rebellion (XR) are back in the news again this week after Britain’s High Court ruled that the Metropolitan Police’s eventual decision to ban them – a decision they made without consulting the capital’s mayor, Sadiq Khan – was unlawful. The protests, which managed to shut down parts of the capital, may have captured headlines all around the world, but the disruption caused understandably upset a lot of ordinary Londoners, even some of those who are essentially sympathetic to the cause. Nowhere was this more graphically summed up, perhaps, than at Canning Town station where climate change protesters who had (contrary, it should be said, to the wishes of many of their fellow activists) climbed on to the roof of an underground train were dragged down by an angry crowd of commuters.”
PDF available on request: The Times