Extinction Rebellion fury after counter-terror police label group ‘extremist’

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Extinction Rebellion fury after counter-terror police label group ‘extremist’ 1

Police in the south east of England, who issued the document, have since withdrawn it admitting to an “error of judgement”. The 12 page report suggested young people linked to Extinction Rebellion could be referred to the ‘Prevent’ counter-terrorism programme.

This is more usually used for those suspected of sympathising with Islamist extremist or far-right politics.

The report was titled “Safeguarding young people and adults from ideological extremism”.

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It was produced by Counter Terrorism Policing South East (CTPSE).

Extinction Rebellion was listed alongside banned terror linked Islamist group Al Muhajiroun, banned neo-nazi terror group National Action and far-right group Generation Identity.

In the report it was suggested young people showing signs of extremism could be “referred to the UK Government’s Prevent programme.”

It described Extinction Rebellion as “a campaign encouraging protest and civil disobedience to pressure governments to take action on climate change and species extinction”.

According to the BBC police have withdrawn the document and put it under review.

Speaking to The Guardian CTPSE said: “This document was produced at a local level to help our partners to spot the signs of vulnerability to radicalisation.

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“Teachers, grandparents, nurses have been trying their best with loving nonviolence to get politicians and big business to do something about the dire state of our planet.

“And this is how the establishment responds.

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“In a world of misinformation, where lies travel faster than the truth, we can’t help but wonder was this a deliberate attempt to silence a legitimate cause.”

Extinction Rebellion shut down parts of central London with mass acts of civil disobedience in April and October 2019.

In October over 1,000 protestors were arrested whilst blockading sites around Parliament, Trafalgar Square, Whitehall, Westminster Bridge and Lambeth Bridge.

Some protestors glued or chained themselves to vehicles and had to be cut free.

On October 18 Extinction Rebellion activists targeted rail and underground services at Shadwell, Stratford and Canning Town.

Two of its activists were dragged from trains by Canning Town commuters and beaten.

Extinction Rebellion has also carried out protests in cities across Europe, America and Australia.

The group was founded in October 2018 by Roger Hallam and Gail Bradbrook.

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