Extinction Rebellion Activists Sail ‘Sinking House’ Down River Thames

CNN reports that Extinction Rebellion, a radical environmental protest group, staged another demonstration in London in the early hours of Sunday morningit floated a model of a sinking house down the River Thames to protest sea levels.

Pictures and footage show the replica suburban house, complete with aerial, chimney and burglar alarm floating near the Tower of London as it heads towards London’s Tower Bridge, before reportedly sinking early Sunday morning, this Sunday was Remembrance Sunday, a memorial day to remember the members of armed forces who have died in the line of duty.

Extinction Rebellion said in a statement, it was “an attempt to send an SOS to the government on climate inaction.”“We are watching, in real time, as people’s lives are destroyed around the world and in the UK. Unless action is taken to halt biodiversity loss and reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero these tragedies are set to worst.”  The group also pointed to scientific predictions that global sea levels could rise between 1 and 5 meters by 2100. “We stand in solidarity with all of those who have lost their homes and livelihood and will continue to demand action until the severity of this national and global emergency is realized.”

This most recent ‘protest’ comes after London’s Metropolitan Police issued a revised Section 14 order, a London-wide protest ban when in October thousands of protesters took to the city’s streets in a two-week campaign of civil disobedience, which the police dubbed the “Autumn Uprising” and caused a huge amount of disruption to the city and police.

The Daily Mail reports on Wednesday Tobias Garnett a Human rights lawyer, who is also an activist for XR, won a case against the Met police in the High Court, which claimed that the decision to launch a London-wide protest ban in the Autumn was unlawful. The Law firm Bindmans, which represented Extinction Rebelion, said the Met police now faces compensation claims for false imprisonment from ‘potentially hundreds’ of protesters who were arrested after the ban was imposed.

The judicial review was brought on behalf of Extinction Rebellion by a group of Members of Parliament, journalists and activists, including Baroness Jenny Jones, Labour activist Adam Allnut and journalist George Monbiot.

About Catherine Smith

Catherine Smith is a newcomer to Washington D.C. She met, and married an American journalist and moved to D.C from the U.K. She graduated with a B.A in Graphic, Media and Communications and worked in design and retail in the U.K.

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