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Treat Extinction Rebellion as an extremist anarchist group, former anti-terror chief tells police

July 18, 2019

By Paul Homewood


A new investigation has revealed the true face of Extinction Rebellion

From the Telegraph:



Extinction Rebellion (XR) should be treated as an extremist anarchist group and police must stop their “soft touch” approach, a former Scotland Yard head of counter-terrorism has warned.

Richard Walton, who headed the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command until 2016, said his investigation into XR revealed it had a “subversive” agenda rooted in the “political extremism of anarchism” rather than just campaigning on climate change.

He said he had uncovered evidence that XR leaders advocated “revolution” to overturn capitalism, mass protest and law-breaking aimed at achieving a breakdown of democracy and the state – an intent many of its middle class and celebrity backers appeared unaware of.

His 73-page report, to be published on Wednesday by think tank Policy Exchange, criticised Scotland Yard for its “passive” and “tolerant” response to XR’s London protests in April which caused gridlock at a cost of at least £28 million in lost shop takings and extra policing.

He recommended police adopt a “proactive” approach to prevent XR and other political activists embarking on  illegal tactics.

He said the Government should reform laws to enable police to place more restrictions on planned protests and prosecute protestors for road blocking and trespass.

And politicians such as Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell and public figures like the former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams and actress Emma Thompson should “avoid endorsing, legitimising or meeting” with XR while its leadership continued to incite law breaking.

“As a result of the evidence we have uncovered, no one can now plead ignorance of the ominous and threatening intentions of this campaigning organisation,” said Mr Walton, co-author of the report, the first by the New Politics Monitor launched today by Policy Exchange to investigate extremism across the political spectrum.

XR was founded by Compassionate Revolution Ltd and Rising Up!, which was originally formed by activists involved in direct action groups including Occupy, Plane Stupid and Reclaim the Power. It extolled “revolution,” redistribution of wealth and branded police “fascists.”

A tweet at the outset of XR’s London action, subsequently deleted, declared: “This movement is the best chance we have of bringing down capitalism.”

Gail Bradbrook, co-founder of XR, told a conference: “Civil disobedience is essential right now.” Caiming that the social contract is now broken, she stressed: “I’m not organising protests, I’m organising a rebellion against my government.”

XR co-founder Roger Hallam even spoke of people dying for the cause, according to the report.

“We are not just sending out emails and asking for donations. We are going to force the Governments to act. And if they don’t, we will bring them down and create a democracy fit for purpose…and yes, some may die in the process,” he told one audience.

Mr Hallam laid out a six-point blueprint for non-violent “civil resistance.” Detailed in XR’s handbook, This is Not a Drill, it requires the capital to be targeted so Government and elites cannot ignore the protest and it causes the “necessary material disruption and economic cost.”

This disruption also should be maintained over many consecutive days to exact “real economic cost for bosses.” “The costs go up exponentially – increasing each day,” says the handbook.

Mr Walton said police suffered from a lack of intelligence on XR, which is advised by campaigning lawyer Tim Crosland, a former head of law at the National Crime Agency.

“Police were too tolerant and a bit naive which came from a lack of understanding. XR was much more cute about the law of protest than the people policing it,” said Mr Walton.

He warned of a divide in XR between moderates and extremists which surfaced when XR rejected calls to use drones to disrupt Heathrow, which Mr Walton said could have crossed the threshold into terrorism.

“Given the extreme objectives of XR, it is not inconceivable some on the fringes of the movement might at some point break with organisational discipline and engage in violence,” said Mr Walton.

  1. bobn permalink
    July 18, 2019 7:24 pm

    Where are Boris’s water-cannons when you need them?!
    Oh, corrupt Kahn threw them away.

    • Charles Wardrop permalink
      July 19, 2019 8:43 am

      Remainers are the same, especially Tories, but all of them.
      Reselection is what should happen to these skunks who had accepted their manifesto.

      • Charles Wardrop permalink
        July 19, 2019 10:04 am

        Sorry, these antidemocrats, most probably looking looking for a sinecure in EU, shold face DESELECTION, by Leaver constituencies at least.

    • Gerry, England permalink
      July 19, 2019 1:56 pm

      They were sold for about 4% of their cost. I wonder if they could have been converted to fossil fuel? Napalm perhaps.

  2. Athelstan. permalink
    July 18, 2019 7:28 pm

    Hottest evah alert!

    Never lads to miss an opportunity – nevah!

    The civil serpents in the met office, bbc prognosticators predict.

    Winds swinging into a SSW, feeding warm air in off the Continent from circa Monday will produce high -ish Ts, get your thermometers set to tarmac and jet exhaust, Heathrow and Gatwick, you will be going up against UHI hotspots in Gravesend and Kew.

    I guarantee it, a plastic temp ‘record’ will be broken, you know it.

  3. July 18, 2019 7:38 pm

    Never has the phrase ‘Useful idiots’ been more appropriate for the supporters of XR

  4. saparonia permalink
    July 18, 2019 8:11 pm

    I am sorry that this might upset some people but in a sense he’s right! The global warming crew have egg on their faces already because numerous studies have proved that we are heading for much colder conditions over a very long time. The “global warming” instigators have a political and genocidal agenda. We should have governments storing food to help us through, and opening the coal mines, not preparing for their own refuge.

    However, again we are assaulted by Newspeak.! The word “anarchy” does not refer to violence and terror. It is a word, the meaning of which is actually peaceful co-operation without rulers. Law without Rule. Even the use of this word is an attack, an affront when it’s changed in meaning to refer to it’s opposite. Changing language is also a control mechanism.

    • saparonia permalink
      July 18, 2019 8:26 pm

      It’s an insiduous tactic to shelter the real perpetrators and lay blame on kids who are too thick to know they’re being manipulated by the Dirty Tricks Brigade.

  5. HotScot permalink
    July 18, 2019 8:13 pm

    I downloaded the report and emailed it to my MP.

    Whilst we can’t bombard them with every post on here and WUWT, it’s important our MP’s are made aware of important developments as many don’t have the time we do to dig up the evidence many of them need to make a case in parliament.

    If you care to read the report, which you should, this is an incrementally evolving anarchistic organisation, and with each manifestation they get better at what they are doing.

    XR may well die out, but these lunatics have a taste for blood and they will contrive something bigger and better the next time. They have a body of deluded supporters and, whilst one might agree with many of their contentions about our parliamentary system and it’s embedded dishonesty, their methods to enact change are violent and oppressive.

    Whatever the dire state of our governmental system is in just now, we are not even approaching the point of violent rebellion.

    However, we should be consoled that yet another member of the establishment, or in this case former member, feels compelled to make public the motivation behind the climate change movement.

    • saparonia permalink
      July 18, 2019 8:28 pm

      Don’t you think that emailing the people who think these things up is a bit futile?

      • HotScot permalink
        July 18, 2019 11:21 pm

        No I don’t. Our MP’s are like us, human beings. They dislike things as much as we do but they cant operate without evidence.

        They are bombarded daily about thing like bins and grass verge cutting, and they must respond, so their days are swamped by minutia.

        Give them the opportunity to get their teeth into something that matters. Would you rather spend your days whinging to parliament about public toilets or graffiti, or would you prefer to stand up and talk knowledgeably about serious issues that affect our Democracy?

        Give them the opportunity, but hold them to account.

      • Gerry, England permalink
        July 19, 2019 2:00 pm

        I don’t think our MPs are anything like us. They don’t possess an ounce of our knowledge and experience and are in fact complete morons.

  6. M E permalink
    July 18, 2019 8:36 pm,8599,2040304,00.html
    A Brief History of Anarchism
    from Time Magazine..By Ishaan Tharoor Friday, Dec. 31, 2010

    Also this

    I think these may have some bearing on the extinction idiots. They are unlearned or uneducated.
    (I looked these references up in connection with Antifa who claimed at one point on line to be Anarchists. and Anti Fascist.)
    The illustration of the protestors in the City of London yesterday reminded me that protests which historically took place in fron of Mansion House were moved to Tower Hill about two centuries ago, I think, and the City of London Police should be able to shift any repeat pefomances quite legally.

  7. M E permalink
    July 18, 2019 8:44 pm
    I looked up Anarchism when I read that Antifa claimed to be Anarchist ( Anti Fascist)
    These are useful fools for the Anarchistic Extinction Rebellion
    The young protestors pictured yesterday were in the City of London near Mansion House wher mobs of past centuries used to gather and or riot. The City of London Police should still be able to move them to Tower Hill where they would be allowed to demonstrate. The City being an area inside Greater London with an independent history.

    • bobn permalink
      July 19, 2019 10:23 am

      Yes, they misuse the word anarchist when in fact they are communist. In essense it is a contradiction for an anarchist to be part of an ORGANISED protest. Anarchy equals ‘live and let live’. Total freedom, the individual being free to choose. An anarchist wont protest my agro-chemical farming, but quietly get on with tending his organic subsistance plot or geo-chem factory – free choice for all.
      These XR fascists want to dictate how others must live. The want to control all aspects of YOUR life.

  8. July 18, 2019 9:30 pm

    Reblogged this on Climate- Science.

  9. I_am_not_a_robot permalink
    July 18, 2019 10:03 pm

    “We are not just sending out emails and asking for donations …” (Roger Hallam).
    That would be for non-perishable foodstuffs, canned goods, dry goods, dehydrated foods and the like, after all ‘they can’t eat money’.

  10. Sylvia permalink
    July 19, 2019 11:04 am

    The police should “kettle” these people when they march and protest. They should be educated on the planet’s climate so that they know why climate changes and why humans have nothing to do with it. Our oceans are one of the things controlling climate and they are SO HUGE we can do nothing about them. Unless, of course, these idiots want to drain the water over the edge of the planet to get rid of it !!!! That should keep them busy and out of mischief for many eons to come and leave the rest of us to live in peace on this amazing planet of ours.

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