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Extinction Rebellion targets key media sites including the BBC’s Broadcasting House and newspaper print works in war on free speech

December 29, 2019

By Paul Homewood



It is time these little shitehawks were met with the full force of the law:



Extinction Rebellion activists plan to unleash an unprecedented attack on the British media, sparking accusations that they want to infringe free speech.

The Mail on Sunday has obtained a copy of a document entitled The Great March For Truth & Blockade, which details how six key print and broadcast media sites would be targeted by environmental protesters next spring.

They include a print works in Hertfordshire where millions of national and regional newspapers are produced; Broadcasting House, which is home to the BBC; and the offices of newspaper groups including News UK, which publishes The Times, and DMG Media, publishers of The Mail on Sunday.

If accepted by Action Circle, the planning committee of Extinction Rebellion (XR), the fortnight of direct action in mid-April would focus on forcing the media to ‘tell the truth’ about climate change.

The plans include staging ‘occupations/blockades’ outside media headquarters in London before a ‘Great March for Truth’ on April 16 to the Broxbourne print works.

‘The plant has only one exit road leading to the A10, which makes it very vulnerable to a mass blockade,’ the proposal says. ‘This would block almost all national newspapers for the South of England from being delivered from this plant.

‘The disruptive impact of the capital and entire south of the country waking up to almost empty newspaper stands would send a shock through the system, as a wake-up call to the seriousness with which the media needs to take the crises.’

It says the protest could last for 12 hours or ‘having set up the blockade, XR could consider running it continuously until the Sunday morning, thus blocking the Friday, Saturday and Sunday papers’.

The document concedes it would require ‘high-risk, arrestable, undercover operations’.

It even suggests filling empty newspaper stands with ‘special edition copies of The Hourglass’, XR’s own newspaper. Ironically, Donnachadh McCarthy, co-author of the proposal, writes a weekly column for The Independent, one of the companies his document suggests blockading.

  1. Steve permalink
    December 29, 2019 10:05 pm

    In the westcounry a shitehawk is a seagull. Do you mean ignorant little sh….?

  2. Gamecock permalink
    December 29, 2019 10:07 pm

    God invented the Ma Deuce to deal with such.

  3. Stewarth99 permalink
    December 29, 2019 10:30 pm

    I love it! ER are going to blockade the very mouthpieces that are spouting this nonsense about AGW.
    You couldn’t make it up.

    • Malcolm Skipper permalink
      December 30, 2019 11:25 am

      Remember XR’s attempts to spray fake blood on a Treasury building? Some were old enough to have gone to school. If they’d “listened to their Physics teachers” they would know that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. And if they’d “listened to their Chemistry teachers” they would know that diesel fire engines use a fossil derived fuel.

      “Look at the numbers; listen to the scientists!”

    • December 30, 2019 3:35 pm

      XR’s war on free speech doesn’t include their own, of course.

  4. Pancho Plail permalink
    December 29, 2019 10:41 pm

    Sooner or later it will become evident that they are lying with the failure of climate to conform to their twisted version of “science”. When the world does not end in 11 years time the bare a**ses of these little emperors will be there for all to see, but sadly, in the meantime we have to put up with them.

  5. Chilli permalink
    December 29, 2019 11:05 pm

    > the action would focus on forcing the media to ‘tell the truth’ about climate change.

    If only they would. The media groups they’re targeting are already fully signed-up to climate alarmist cause. This seems to be about shifting the overton window so the Tories can present their extreme green policies (sky-rocketing energy bills, a ban on domestic gas heating and petrol cars) as if they were the reasonable alternative to the XR demands for a Cambodia-style year zero.

    • dennisambler permalink
      December 30, 2019 2:58 pm

      I think you are right. They have already met with Gove earlier in the year, Bradbrooke has been a witness at Select Committees, XR is a government approved body.

  6. December 29, 2019 11:25 pm

    The NSDAP (the German Nazi Party) fared very badly in the election of 1028. They were in the low single digits. As a result, they increased the daily street terror campaigns of the SA in order to raise awareness about Nazi issues in the population. The normal functioning of open society was disrupted, discussions stifled, university education hampered, fear was to be spread in order to impress upon people that only the Nazi proposals would resolve whatever they thought irked them. We know the result. We see the same tactics spread in the Climate Alarmist camp now. Public shaming is the softest punishment they have for dissenters. Make no mistake – we are going towards a system where normal people are bludgeoned into submission. The Climate will not kill us – we do that ourselves.

    • December 30, 2019 1:43 am

      Totally agree.
      In politics as in climate – if you want to know the future …read history.
      We seem to be witnessing a re-run of 1920s/30s nationalistic & hate politics & we all know what happened in the 1940s.
      Hope I’ll be gone before world war part 3 starts, because the next one will be really brutal!

  7. It doesn't add up... permalink
    December 30, 2019 1:14 am

    Presumably now this plot has been uncovered, the ringleaders will be rounded up and prosecuted, and the plot itself will not go ahead. Or doesn’t it work like that any more?

  8. December 30, 2019 1:51 am

    watched a prog on BBC (can’t recall which channel & can’t find a link) where XR where given an award for something like “the group that has changed most peoples POV”
    think it was the same crowd/show that awarded John Bercow for his tireless devotion to democracy!!!

    anybody find a link?

  9. Derek Reynolds permalink
    December 30, 2019 9:25 am

    XR are not interested in climate, they are only interested in disruption – change. Ship them all to China. We’re too soft on them. They can’t handle the truth. My sister-in-law is a rabid XR activist and a ‘remainer’ to boot. There is no talking to her quietly and constructively, she becomes a screaming banshee. It’s all about ‘belief’ for them.

    • Sheri permalink
      December 30, 2019 2:14 pm

      I think we could take up a collection and drop these people into China. Actually, it would be kind because that’s the world they WANT to live in. I think we should oblige them. Or North Korea, Cuba, Venezuela. That’s their idea of a paradise. Help them get to paradise.

    • dennisambler permalink
      December 30, 2019 3:04 pm

      Indeed. They are reminiscent of the Red Guards:

      “groups of militant university and high school students formed into paramilitary units as part of the Cultural Revolution (1966–76). These young people often wore green jackets similar to the uniforms of the Chinese army at the time, with red armbands attached to one of the sleeves.

      They were formed under the auspices of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in 1966 in order to help party chairman Mao Zedong combat “revisionist” authorities—i.e., those party leaders Mao considered as being insufficiently revolutionary.

      Mao was thus making a bid to regain control of the CCP from his colleagues, but the Red Guards who responded in August 1966 to his summons fancied themselves as new revolutionary rebels pledged to eliminating all remnants of the old culture in China, as well as purging all supposedly bourgeois elements within the government.

      While engaging in marches, meetings, and frenzied propagandizing, Red Guard units attacked and persecuted local party leaders as well as schoolteachers and school officials, other intellectuals, and persons of traditional views. Several hundred thousand people died in the course of these persecutions. By early 1967 Red Guard units were overthrowing existing party authorities in towns, cities, and entire provinces.

      These units soon began fighting among themselves, however, as various factions vied for power amidst each one’s claims that it was the true representative of Maoist thought. The Red Guards’ increasing factionalism and their total disruption of industrial production and of Chinese urban life caused the government in 1967–68 to urge the Red Guards to retire into the countryside.

      The Chinese military was called in to restore order throughout the country, and from this point the Red Guard movement gradually subsided.

  10. Harry Passfield permalink
    December 30, 2019 9:40 am

    One would think the police – or the PTB – would be able to cobble together conspiracy charges against such notable ring-leaders…Let’s face it, if the Countryside Alliance mobilised such a demo….

  11. GeoffB permalink
    December 30, 2019 9:42 am

    The ER leaders who glued themselves to the DLR train were recently found Guilty of trespass on the railway (the foreman said it was reluctantly)… then the judge gave them a conditional discharge. You get more punishment for not having a TV licence. Its a crazy world we live in……..

    • bobn permalink
      December 30, 2019 6:35 pm

      A journalist got 11 months jail for filming and reporting from a UK public street in 2018. But if you obstruct the street for days you go free. The garbage leftie greenie judiciary in the UK all need to be sacked. The legal/justice system in UK has been debased and is now a political lottery.

  12. Mark Winthrop permalink
    December 30, 2019 11:03 am

    This is perfect if Exrinction Rebellion go ahead with this campaign, as it will be the usual suspects with their latest cause which the general population will initially tolerate but as it goes on with anarchic actions looses the support of the Press and public.

  13. BLACK PEARL permalink
    December 30, 2019 11:58 am

    Maybe its time to declare them a terrorist organisation, with appropriate legalisation !
    Plus is anyone posting them an Invoice for all the disruption & damage they are causing ?

    • December 30, 2019 2:36 pm

      Isn’t it a terrorist organisationj? It will bring about chaos everywhere and will deffinatly cause injury or worse. The Police are responsible for the safety of the Law abiding Populace and shoul;s act.

  14. john cooknell permalink
    December 30, 2019 12:08 pm

    What they protest about (millions dying from extreme weather) happened in the past when human lifestyles were low carbon. These mass extinctions don’t happen in the present.

    Not a good recommendation for going low carbon.

    • BLACK PEARL permalink
      December 30, 2019 12:44 pm

      “Low Carbon”
      See repetitive propaganda works !
      Isn’t Carbon a black & ‘dirty’ substance, where as the alleged perpetrator Carbon Dioxide is colourless & odourless and does nothing but feed plant life …

      • dennisambler permalink
        December 30, 2019 3:07 pm

        Repetitive mantras do work, ” a warming planet” “carbon footprint”, “heat trapping gasses”, “spewing carbon into the atmosphere” etc, etc.

      • Stonyground permalink
        December 30, 2019 5:43 pm

        Sometimes carbon is a hard shiny substance that is very valuable. It can be used for making very light bicycles. It is a very versatile element.

  15. John Hunt permalink
    December 30, 2019 2:32 pm

    “Force the BBC to tell the truth” (about climate change). That’ll be the day!

  16. dennisambler permalink
    December 30, 2019 3:09 pm

    Repetitive mantras do work, ” a warming planet” “carbon footprint”, “heat trapping gasses”, “spewing carbon into the atmosphere” etc, etc.

  17. Ray Sanders permalink
    December 30, 2019 3:15 pm

    For what it is worth (not much probably!) but I am personally trying to push back against all this tripe that is being published in the media. I am contacting (politely) all the purveyors of misinformation directly by email, correcting their errors and then asking them to explain why they felt it necessary to mislead. As an example The Graun recently started employing Clea Skopoliti to write articles under their Environment section. She is clearly scientifically illiterate which seems to be the necessary qualification to be a journalist. This was a recent article
    She claims the average dual fuel bill is now £1813 per annum. Shame that Ofgem and everyone else disagrees with her
    I honestly feel that employing the sort of tactics that the enviro activists use (to bludgeon people into believing any old BS they spout) against them is the only way forward.
    If I get a reply from Clea (and the Graun who I copied in) I will let you know.

    • December 31, 2019 9:30 am

      I wish you luck.

      Complaining can be like banging your head against the wall. As mentioned in another thread, I’m still waiting for a reply to my request for corrections to the beeb’s “Oceans running out of oxygen, say scientists” headline. That was three weeks ago; I notified them of the errors about 45 minutes after it had appeared on the website, quickly enough that the story could have been corrected while it was still the top news item in that section.

      The news has moved on to other scary and wrong stories. Is there even a point to them correcting the story, now that it has disappeared from the front page…?

      • Ray Sanders permalink
        January 1, 2020 2:00 am

        Blow me down! The Graun replied, agreed the figures were wrong and have amended the article together with a footnote indicating the amendment.
        Perhaps it can work.

      • January 1, 2020 10:12 am

        I’m impressed that they moved at all, so maybe there is hope… on the other hand the article is still wrong. This for instance as the opening sentence:

        Energy bills have risen by 40% in five years, taking average UK household costs up to a record of £2,707 a year, research has revealed.

        makes it sounds like the energy bills are 2.7 thou, but this figure includes insurance etc.

        Still, small wins…

  18. M E permalink
    December 30, 2019 7:56 pm

    I remember reports of the Red Guard in China very well. Over recent years I have told Radio New Zealand broadcasters, who asked for audience participation, about the Little Red Book with the THOUGHTS OF CHAIRMAN MAO they had in their pockets at all times. This Little Red Book was popular among the California hippies and similar groups elsewhere and were on sale in bookshops of the type which sold the works of Marx and Engels and so on.

    There was complete lack of comprehension from the radio broadcasters. I found that they knew nothing about the 1960s. except the Beatles
    The education department must have excluded history from the curriculum when they were at school.
    I expect the thoughts of Extiction Rebellion are now simiiarily available on the smart phones in their pockets to keep them in line and on cue.

  19. saparonia permalink
    December 31, 2019 1:14 pm

    “Hippie” was an insulting name given by the mainstream to people of a generation who wanted indiscriminate genocide in Vietnam to stop. Similar to the way that anyone who argues against E.R., or anything else we are required to accept against our better judgement, is nowadays labelled a ConspiracyTheorist.

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