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Furious commuters drag Extinction Rebellion protestors off train

Posted By Jo Nova On October 18, 2019 @ 12:31 am In Global Warming,Protests | 318 Comments

Case #412 of religious fanatics overplaying their hand again

Two protesters in London had stopped the Jubilee line train by standing on top of it with a banner. Two more were planning to glue themselves to the train, but the crowd was fed up. Mahatir Pashais a journalist for ITV News who apparently witnessed and filmed the furious commuters. He writes on twitter: “One commuter shouted “I need to get to work, I have to feed my kids,” when the protestors initially went up.” Then there was the “shocking moment angry commuters drag two #ExtinctionRebellion protestors off the top of a train in Canning Town and attack them.”

The crowd cheered as the protesters and their banner were removed, and though people called for calm, some got violent. In an awful moment, one of the protesters was kicked and bruised (UPDATE: Looks like that was exaggerated.  No photos or reports today of any injuries). The protesters shouldn’t have been there, and the mob shouldn’t have got violent. *The mob it seems just got rough.

This is what we get after two decades of shutting down the conversation — most people aren’t convinced, and most activists are loopy. No middle ground.

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Instead of trying to force the crowd to bow before their lecture, they could always stop namecalling, and actually listen to the people they are trying to persuade. Just a thought.

At the moment all XR protests have been banned across London, which is being challenged in court. In this case, even most XR members thought the Jubilee line protesters went too far.

 The Mirror, UK,

A poll on the Extinction Rebellion Telegram chat showed 86 per cent of members were against action targeting the London Underground.

Just 4 per cent approved of the action, while 7 per cent approved if they could be sure trains wouldn’t get blocked underground.

BTP said they had engaged with XR members to prevent the planned “disruptive and potentially criminal” action on the transport network.

The problem with doomsday cults is that anything can be justified:

Extinction Rebellion co-founder Clare Farrell defended the Tube action and said: “The public, I don’t think, realise quite how serious this situation is.” Speaking to BBC Radio 4′s Today programme, she added: “It is still peaceful, and it is still non-violent.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson condemned the protests, with a No10 spokeswoman saying: “What we saw this morning didn’t have anything to do with peaceful protest.

It doesn’t have to be this way.

h/t Andrew Bolt

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