Eco-mob ignore race, but summer chaos fears grow: Extinction Rebellion activists avoid London Marathon protests amid concerns it would alienate supporters – as concerns rise over the disruption of the King’s Coronation and major sporting events
- Many gathered to demonstrate in Westminster, but warned not to block race
- Authorities braced for summer of chaos, with protests planned at Coronation
Fears of protests at the London Marathon failed to materialise yesterday after Extinction Rebellion activists said they did not want to be ‘the bad guys’– for once.
Thousands gathered to demonstrate in Westminster but XR members said the ‘naughty people’ who wanted to block the race taking place nearby had been warned it would alienate supporters if they went ahead.
The authorities are braced for a summer of chaos, with protests planned at the Coronation.
It is also feared major sporting events such as Wimbledon may be disrupted after the Grand National in Scotland was targeted at the weekend by animal campaigners.
Yesterday it emerged protesters from one group are considering throwing rape alarms at horses in the Coronation procession.
Thousands gathered to demonstrate in Westminster but XR members said the ‘naughty people’ who wanted to block the race taking place nearby had been warned it would alienate supporters if they went ahead
The authorities are braced for a summer of chaos, with protests (pictured here at the Grand National on April 22) planned at the Coronation
The English Constitution Party has used Twitter to urge supporters to bring rape alarms to the May 6 event.
Other groups such as anti-monarchist group Republic are expected to protest and Just Stop Oil has not ruled it out. Yesterday one XR activist said there were ‘a handful of naughty people who would like to block the race’.
But XR activist Tom Crowther, 22, said they had been warned not to target the race, adding: ‘I think a lot of the people who are supporting the Marathon probably also support a lot of the values of Extinction Rebellion.’
Yesterday, Lu Curtis, 52, of Wandsworth, south-west London, said the group’s members had decided not to interrupt the race as they didn’t want to be cast ‘as the bad guys’, adding: ‘We are doing it specifically today to show people we are good people.’
But the group chose to march to the Home Office where they had vowed to make ‘20,000 origami boats to be posted to MPs and Home Secretary Suella Braverman’ in protest over the Illegal Migration Bill which targets small boats crossings.
XR activists yesterday dumped the paper boats outside the department.
Mrs Braverman’s Bill will bar arrivals from staying in Britain and applying on refugee, modern slavery or human rights grounds.
Each pink paper boat had a ‘personal’ letter printed on it, calling on MPs to oppose the Bill, saying ‘climate justice and migrant justice are inextricably connected’.
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