Wed 21 Nov 2018
In the previous two weeks, police made more than 60 arrests of activists for taking part in acts of civil disobedience, ranging from gluing themselves to government buildings to blocking roads. Many activists were arrested more than once.
“The other important thing is to remember that these are all people that are willing to be arrested,” McNern said. “So it’s very different from when you are dealing with people who are scared of being arrested.”
He said the group had been in touch with the police to inform them of their plans and they were willing to abandon any blockade that hampered the movement of emergency vehicles.
On top of their specific demands, organisers say they hope the campaign of “respectful disruption” will change the debate around climate breakdown and signal to those in power that the present course of action will lead to disaster.