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Thirty topless women have locked themselves on to the railings outside Parliament to rise awareness of the dangers of climate change.
The Extinction Rebellion (XR) protesters have daubed their bodies with slogans highlighting the dangers of a world that’s 4°C hotter, including ‘war’, ‘drought’, ‘starvation’, ‘wild-fires’, ‘violence’ and ‘famine’.
This is the final phase of an Extinction Rebellion campaign calling for the Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill to be passed by Parliament.
Photos show the XR activists holding banners that read “Can't Bare the Truth?” before being dragged away by Metropolitan Police officers wearing anti- Covid face masks.
XR tweeted in support of today's demonstration: "The forces of the state mobilise to crush dissent & protect the interests of the powerful, mothers & babies step up to defend the truth. We are in a #ClimateEmergency.
"We face a 4ºC increase in temperature in the lifetime of this child. 4ºC = the death of millions."
Stressing that the weight of this huge change in the way we will live in the future will fall upon young peopel, they added "We Want To Live."
Meanwhile Home Secretary Priti Patel has vowed to crack down on XR demonstrators, after an action last weekend when distribution plants for several newspapers were blockaded.
She described the protesters as “so-called eco-crusaders turned criminals” and threatened to crack down on what she called “guerrilla tactics.”
Speaking to the Police Superintendents' Association annual conference, the Home Secretary said: 'Now it is said that where there is no law there is no freedom, and that law and order is the cornerstone of our free society."
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She added: "And without it we have nothing. But events of the last week have exposed another emerging threat – the so-called eco-crusaders turned criminals.
"Attempting to thwart the media's right to publish without fear nor favour. And a shameful attack on our way of life, our economy, and the livelihoods of the hardworking majority.
"I refuse point blank to allow that kind of anarchy on our streets. And I'm right behind you as you bring the full might of the law down upon that selfish minority."
Threatening to deal with these young protesters using the full force of the law, she said: "The very criminals who disrupt our free society must be stopped. And together we must all stand firm against the guerrilla tactics of Extinction Rebellion.
"And that means adapting to the threat that they pose and ensuring that justice is served."
Teacher and member of Extinction Rebellion Sarah Mintram, who took part in the action, said: “Now we’ve got your attention… By neglecting to communicate the consequences of a 4˚C world – war, famine, drought, displacement – the Government are failing to protect us. "
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She continued: "Preparing for a 4˚C increase in temperatures is failing the next generation and those in the global south already suffering the most dire consequences.
“We saw last night that the Climate Assembly UK is calling for ‘more education and information about climate change and the steps needed to tackle it.
"The UK people are asking for information, so why is the Government staying silent? Why is Boris, his Government and Murdoch’s press empire ignoring the gravity of the greatest threat life has ever faced? This is the truth laid bare. Why don’t they care?”
Home Office minister Kit Malthouse has accused the ant-climate change activists of trying to “impose an extremist world view.”
But Extinction Rebellion says that it should be a citizen’s duty to rebel, using peaceful civil disobedience, when faced with criminal inactivity by their Government.
- Extinction Rebellion
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