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Five charged over Extinction Rebellion London tube protest


Extinction Rebellion activists will appear in court this morning after gluing themselves and standing on trains as part of a climate change protest.

Margreit Bos, 32, Martin Newell, 52, Philip Kingston, 83 and Sue Parfitt, 77 have been charged with obstructing an engine or carriage on the railway at Shadwell DLR station yesterday.

Environmental campaigners climbed on to trains at Stratford, Canning Town and Shadwell at rush hour on Thursday morning, sparking a clash with angry commuters.

Video footage from Canning Town station showed protesters being dragged off the top of the train and beaten by members of the public on the tube platform.

The British Transport Police say two men have been arrested in relation to this incident, which happened shortly after 6.45am.

Another man, Mark Ovland, 36, was charged with breaching bail conditions and will also appear at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court this morning.

Two other men were each arrested at Stratford station for obstructing the railway. They have been bailed with strict conditions, while further enquiries continue.

Extinction Rebellion have been encouraging members to get arrested and breach bail conditions.

They believe non-violent civil disobedience is necessary to get their message across and are encouraging activists to risk jail.

Yesterday’s protests sparked widespread backlash with people criticising Extinction Rebellion for targeting one of the most environmentally friendly ways to travel.

The group have now said it would ‘take stock’ of the reaction to the latest action for future protests.

More than 1,600 protesters have been arrested since the recent wave of protests began on October 7, 133 of whom have been charged.

As officers continue to investigate the incidents at Stratford and Canning Town, anyone who witnessed what happened, or who has mobile phone footage is asked to get in touch.


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