Day four of the Rebellion saw rebels acting out of love and extraordinary courage. XR New York shut down Time Square with a lime-green boat, UK rebels descended on London City Airport and even climbed onto a plane, and Berlin switched up their tactics to keep disrupting the city.
Rebels in Rio and Mexico City performed dynamic, creative expressions of a natural world under threat, and rebel organisers across Colombia are hitting their disruptive stride.
With every day that passes, the rebel spirit seems to swell and surge, screaming its refusal to accept an ecocidal system any longer.
We are facing a planetary emergency. This is the biggest challenge humanity has ever encountered, a threat to our very existence. To have a chance at surviving, we must give everything we can.
Right now, the challenge is to convince people everywhere that this is real and it’s happening right now. When we come together in love for the planet and each other, we are unstoppable.
All around the world, people are waking up to their own power and choosing to rebel. Can you imagine how loud we could shout if all of us, every single one, found our voice? The time is NOW for you to choose: extinction or rebellion?
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London stays grounded
Red Brigade takes to the London Underground!
Four days of rebellion, over 1000 arrests (including an ex-police officer and many grandparents), 80 tonnes of equipment confiscated by the police, and still plenty of vegan curry and fire left in rebel bellies! This rebellion is requiring London rebels to be more agile than last time, so they are considering their next move carefully (stay tuned on the broadcast channel). Police continue to reach new lows to break our resolve: this time a rebel in an electric wheelchair had his power pack confiscated. Repeated cases of treatment like this has prompted a formal legal complaint from the charity Plan B.
Despite the police’s very best efforts, spirits were high during an impromptu march, 1000 strong, from St James’ Park to a new safe place for tired rebels to lay their heads.
Paralympian James Brown sits atop a plane, as part of London City Airport disruptions
The biggest story of the day was not in Westminster, but in London City Airport where brave souls disrupted with glue-ons and lock-ons, with one rebel boarding a flight and disrupting with the truth on the emergency, and Paralympian James Brown actually climbing on top of a British Airways plane. Check out his emotional live stream from on top of an aeroplane.
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Times Square Shut Down
10 OCT | New York, USA
XR NYC shut down Times Square yesterday with the help of a large lime-green sailboat that cruised in specially for the occasion. New Yorker rebels swarmed the boat as soon as it moored, attaching themselves to the bow like barnacles using chains and super glue.
Atop the vessel, superglued by the feet and handcuffed to the mast, was 16-year-old Nathaniel Walcott. The NYPD were forced to close off the entire square for over two hours and 62 fearless rebels were arrested.
To pull off the audacious blockade, a decoy protest was launched at the nearby ‘Fox News’ headquarters. 100 rebels, buoyed by the freshly-formed XR NYC band, arrived at the news tower just as the boat dropped anchor over in Times Square.
As night fell, Arrestee Support were waiting outside the local jail with vegan curry and hot tea for the released rebels.
10 OCT | Berlin, Germany
Thursday saw new tactics being used in Berlin, with the focus moving from large actions to small and spontaneous swarms all across the city – the #PlanBee.
There were glue-ons at the German Ministry for the Environment and at the entrance of the CDU party headquarters. Here, the swarming tactics proved their effectiveness, as police attempts to close off the area failed, and 150 singing and chanting rebels reached their goal.
300 rebels marched from Kreuzberg and their blockade of the super-busy Kottbusser Tor was still going strong by early evening. There was a human chain outside the Bundestag and numerous other swarms of #PlanBees across the main districts, including 200 rebels outside the Ministry of Transport.
Rebels embarked on an epic hike from Weissensee to Hermannplatz in Kreuzberg, spreading the word as they went. Meanwhile at the Natural History Museum, 100 rebels demanded a future where wildlife can still be found outside of museum exhibits.
While the blockade on the Jannowitzbrücke Bridge was eventually cleared peacefully, rebels at the Marschallbrücke Bridge near the Reichstag are still going strong.
Viennese rebels stick to the Planet
7 – 11 OCT | Vienna, Austria
Around 150 earth protectors peacefully occupied the Platz der Menschenrechte (“Place of Human Rights”) in Vienna on Monday, blockading a main city centre thoroughfare.
Several Austrian rebels superglued themselves to a 3-meter disc depicting a bleeding Earth. Police began removing rebels with unusual respect and restraint after about three hours. 70 rebels were arrested.
On Wednesday, 250 rebels transformed Vienna’s Saltzor bridge into an urban garden. They installed wooden clocks symbolically showing 12:05, while rebels dressed as endangered animal species entertained the crowd with a dance-performance.
Two rebels abseiled from the bridge, prompting the arrival of a police-boat. It took five hours for the police to remove the rebels from the bridge.
Rio Rebels’ Reef Rage
10 OCT | Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Rebels in Rio staged an ocean-themed action yesterday. An oily rebel with plastic straws glued to her legs lay on a blue tarpaulin decorated with sea-life. The action draws attention to controversy surrounding the auction of oil ‘blocks’ near the Abrolhos Archipelago, a group of islands surrounded by coral reefs off the Southern coast of Brazil’s Bahia state.
Campaigners claim a lack of environmental studies of the region, which has the largest biodiversity in the South Atlantic and includes whale migration routes. Brazil’s Institute of Environment and Renewable Natural Resources (Ibama) warns of possible ‘physical, biological and socio-environmental’ impacts that could affect the entire area, including the reef complex.
Perhaps appropriately, the region’s name ‘Abrolho’ is Portuguese for “Open your eyes”.
Mexican Climate Crisis Carnival
10 OCT | Mexico City, Mexico
Mexico City was treated to a carnival-style march yesterday, with scores of rebels carrying XR flags and banners declaring the climate emergency and biodiversity loss already upon us. Many were dressed in fantastical costumes, including leering demons accosting beleaguered winged animals.
The procession stopped at a busy intersection, were passers-by were entertained with a theatrical dance performance involving a ‘Mother Earth’ figure facing off against numerous demons passing round a miniature inflatable Earth. Some of the crowd even joined in with the dancing and all involved seemed in good spirits, whether demons, creatures of nature, or curious pedestrian onlookers.
Madrid rebels meet with Environment Minister
10 OCT | Madrid. Spain
Encouraging news from Madrid! Members of XR Spain met with Teresa Ribera, Minister of Energy Transition and Environment, to present their five demands, after a week of peaceful protest outside the Ministry’s doors.
Rebels announced that they will continue to monitor the government’s action (or rather in-action!) to stop climate change and will intensify protests until all demands have been met.
In other news, six rebels all in white chained themselves to the rails of Retiro Park and sent the keys to the Ayuntamiento (town hall) to show that it is the responsibility of our leaders to come to our aid in these times of global crisis.
See more of the beautiful and courageous action from the International Rebellion in XR Unchained. There is so much to tell.
Red Brigader in Baja California, Mexico streams light on a dark night
Dozens of brave and brilliant rebels in Gambia took part in a walk out and roadblock. See here for a short but hugely inspiring video. Their next action is planned for Monday 14th.
Colombian rebels held solidarity actions across the country for fallen Earth defenders, including this one in Medellin and a minute’s silence at a roadblock in **Bogota. Here’s a video from XR Armenia Quindio.
In Vienna, rebels stage a blood-spattered die-in on their blocked road.
New York rebels glued to their green boat.
A German rebel offers to share his snack with the police.
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- A video of the wake held by XR Argentina to honour the murdered climate activists *Australian state proposes two-year prison sentence for possession of Extinction Rebellion ‘human lock’
- An amazing 360 VR video of the Trafalgar Square takeover
- Resilience expert Dr Chris Johnstone offers some strategies that can help when your mental health is affected by the crisis
- Watch Paralympian James Brown’s live video from on top of a plane at London City Airport
- A reflection of why it’s time to add global justice to XR’s demands
Humans of XR
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