May 25, 2019 | 1 minute read

Extinction Rebellion: Red Fightback demand action to create political defence funds

Extinction Rebellion: Red Fightback demand action to create political defence funds


In response to Extinction Rebellion’s protests in London last month, the Metropolitan Police are pursuing charges against the 1,130 people arrested and consulting with the Home Office to rewrite the Public Order Act. This is immensely dangerous. Not only are the hundreds of activists arrested now facing the full weight of the British state, but the proposal to rewrite the Public Order Act is an open threat to the right to protest in Britain. Given that the British bourgeoisie have openly threatened and prepared for military rule in the case of a no deal Brexit, this cannot be taken lightly.

Red Fightback reiterates our demands that Extinction Rebellion must both found political defence campaigns for those arrested and make the funds its has crowdfunded for its central organisation in Britain available for their legal defence.

We further demand that XR mobilise to oppose any changes to the Public Order Act. Organising for self defence is a basic and fundamental component of building a political movement. Not to take these steps is to sacrifice the future ability of the movement to organise or even exist, not to mention the human cost. Given the legislative steps underway here, this amounts to more than that. Not to take action could mean to sacrifice many of the democratic rights won by decades of struggle against political policing and state violence in Britain. It cannot be allowed.