- 20 Extinction Rebellion defendants are on trial this week for Section 14 offences during the April Rebellion
- A further 40-50 people are expected to be called on Friday for plea hearings at City of London Magistrates Court for offences during the April Rebellion
- Plea hearings for those charged during the October Rebellion now taking place at Westminster Magistrates Court; 154 so far charged
Trials and hearings coming up this week:
Monday (November 4th), City of London Magistrates Court, 10am: Eight on trial for public order offences during the April Rebellion including Pelle Kirkeby a youth club trainer from Hull; Greg Dring, 69, a retired clinical psychologist from Bath; and Jan Piotrowski, 33, a furniture maker from Bristol.
Tuesday (November 5th), City of London Magistrates Court, 10am: One on trial for public order offences during the April Rebellion.
Wednesday (November 6th), City of London Magistrates Court, 10am: Two on trial for public order offences during the April Rebellion, including
Thursday (November 7th) City of London Magistrates Court, 10am: Nine on trial for public order offences during the April Rebellion including Andrew Medhurst, 53, from South London, a former banker now working full time in Extinction Rebellion’s finance team; Ben Moss, 42, a social enterprise co-founder, from Bristol and Ruth Leonard-Williams, 40, a mother of two from Devon. Ruth will be calling environmentalist and journalist Mark Lynas as an expert witness.
Friday (November 8th), City of London Magistrates Court, 10am: Approximately 40- 50 charged defendants expected to attend plea hearings for public order offences during the April Rebellion.
All week, Westminster Magistrates Court: Plea hearings for those charged with offences during the October Rebellion expected to place, including on Monday Raga Woods, 78 from Oxford, founder of single parent families charity Gingerbread.
For more information, images and interviews with defendants or lawyers, contact Zoë Blackler on 07918 165 046.
Extinction Rebellion’s Crowdjustice campaign to raise money to help defendants with their legal fees can be found here: https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/extinction-rebellion-central
Notes to Editors:
About Extinction Rebellion:
Time has almost entirely run out to address the ecological crisis which is upon us, including the 6th mass species extinction, global pollution, and abrupt, runaway climate change. Societal collapse and mass death are seen as inevitable by scientists and other credible voices, with human extinction also a possibility, if rapid action is not taken.
Extinction Rebellion believes it is a citizen’s duty to rebel, using peaceful civil disobedience, when faced with criminal inactivity by their Government.
Extinction Rebellion’s key demands are:
- Government must tell the truth by declaring a climate and ecological emergency, working with other institutions to communicate the urgency for change.
- Government must act now to halt biodiversity loss and reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2025.
- Government must create and be led by the decisions of a Citizens’ Assembly on climate and ecological justice.
- In the UK, come to one of our events, join the Rebellion Network and let us know how you can help out.
- Start a group where you are: in the UK or around the world.
- Find your local group.
- Check out the International XR website, with links to the French, German, Italian and UK websites.
- And while your time and energy are of most importance, if you are financially able to donate money, see our crowdfunder.
About Rising Up!
Extinction Rebellion emerged from the Rising Up! network, which promotes a fundamental change of our political and economic system to one which maximises well-being and minimises harm. Change needs to be nurtured in a culture of reverence, gratitude and inclusion while the tools of civil disobedience and direct action are used to express our collective power.
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