of this. but in an interview, one of the organisers said that they 'were left with no other option' when their previous protest failed to achieve its objective. Surely, another option would be to engage people in debate, or march peacefully, or capaign on the internet - anything but deliberately setting out to disrupt your fellow citizens' lives day after day.
All of us are being affected by climate change, and its impact is going to increase. I doubt that many people - apart from Donald Trump and his sycophants - can seriously continue to claim that there isn't a problem but...
Are these protesters justified in blocking a big city's streets for days, and announcing that they intend to 'paralyse' Heathrow airport in an attempt to browbeat the government into action? Does anyone have the 'right' to behave as if his /her viewpoint is the right one, and we must all be intimidated into accepting it without debate?
I'm amazed that so may demonstrators can afford to take such a lot of time off work to dance the days and nights away, with not much other than the occasional trip in the back of a Police van or vandalising a building or two by way of diversion.
Who said where are those water cannons?
This is one of those "cool" high profile demonstrations. There are issues in society nobody ever discusses that aren't spoken about and only the thousands going through the issue and the horrific reality know about it.
Unfortunately going to this length is the only way that anyone notices. When folks feel like they aren't being listened to or heard, more direct approaches like this or even riots happen.
As for if this course of action is justified; no it isn't in my opinion.
There are demonstrations in other cities.
In Paris, the Police are using pepper spray to disperse sit-down demonstrators.
In London, demonstrators are offering Sun-cream to police officers, and Emma Thompson has been making a speech from a pink boat. Les anglais, ils sont fous!
I'm flying out of Heathrow on Tuesday - I hope there are no pink boats or rainbow-coloured knitted hats in sight.
Well, it made its way here and other media. LBC was talking about it late last night. At the very least it brings the topic out into the open. We should care if not for us but for future generations. Politicians just pay lip service to the issue. If only there started taking notice in the 80's this could have been a gradual process. Now drastic measures are needed which make it even more difficult to bear but has to be done.
Laudable though the cause may be BUT most of those there are hypocrites.
They have all travelled considerable distances to get there, most, no doubt, in petrol and diesel vehicles.
They have actually increased CO2 emmissions resulting from the traffic jams they have caused and, take a look at the photos and marvel at all of the plastic bottles they are using and the mess they leave behind.
Belatucadrus - Doing things your way in this day and age would tie up the courts in many a lawsuit.
Remember the current version of the world is where one will sue for spilling coffee on themselves because it is too hot. Or sue for something like this.
Where are those water cannons?
The pink boat has at last been dismantled by police, who had this to say this afternoon:-
So far today we have made 106 arrests. This brings the total to 682.
"The serious disruption the demonstrations are causing to people in London and beyond is unacceptable and we completely understand the concern it is causing to those who are disrupted by it"
What a pathetic response from a service that is there to uphold the law. I don't want my 'concern' about the illegal activities being understood, I want it acted upon. Petitioning the government is one way to get noticed, as are organised legal marches. Then there are MPs - they are there to listen to the concerns of their constituents.
Anything but the orchestrated obstruction of people who are going about their lawful business. Millions of us are concerned about climate change, and no doubt lots of us support research organisations and all kinds of initiatives in all kinds of ways.
We don't need it rammed down our throats by a bunch of activists, ill-informed celebrities and hangers on who think they know better than we do.
I quite agree. Some who have been arrested have been released without charge and gone straight back to their latter day flower power friends. Many are heavy users of aeroplanes etc yet are stopping the use of public transport. A bunch of hypocrites . Arrest and fine heavily, double up for repeat offences. Issue injunctions etc
Then there are MPs - they are there to listen to the concerns of their constituents.
'bout time quite a few of them took note of this. It seems that most of them follow their own agendas and take little notice of what their Constituents want.
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