Former terror chief warns Extinction Rebellion ‘are extreme anarchist group’ 

Posted: July 17, 2019 by oldbrew in alarmism, climate, Critique

Oxford Circus climate demo [image credit: London Evening Standard]

Needless to say this is greeted only with amusement by the targets of his criticism. Any publicity is good publicity from their POV.

Richard Walton, Senior Fellow at Policy Exchange, says the movement of climate protestors seeks a ‘subversive agenda’ and calls for police and government to crack down on the group, as Energy Live News reports.

A former Head of the Metropolitan Police Counter Terrorism Command (SO15) has warned that Extinction Rebellion are an extreme anarchist group and should be treated as such.

Richard Walton, Senior Fellow at Policy Exchange, says the movement of climate protestors seeks a “subversive agenda” rooted in political extremism, eco-socialism and radical anti-capitalism.

Formed in 2018, the group is now made up of tens of thousands of followers spread across hundreds of local groups – Mr Walton claims it is a campaign of a pre-existing network of activists called ‘Rising Up!’, the campaigning arm of a company called Compassionate Revolution Ltd, which he believes has origins in the anti-globalisation Occupy Movement.

He calls for politicians to stop endorsing or legitimising the group, which he says promotes an ideology of ‘post capitalism’ and ‘de-growth’, encourages law-breaking, increases the burden on the UK’s police force and causes serious economic and social disruption.

Mr Walton even suggests “it is not inconceivable that some on the fringes of the movement might at some point break with organisational discipline and engage in violence” and calls for police to be significantly more proactive in enforcing laws that relate to public protest.

He argues legislation needs to be urgently reformed in order to support this and states the Crown Prosecution Service should prosecute offenders to uphold the rule of law and act as a deterrent.

Continued here.

  1. JB says:

    How the civil noose tightens.

    “It is ordained in the eternal constitution of things, that men of intemperate minds cannot be free. Their passions forge their fetters.”–Ed Burke

  2. cognog2 says:

    Sadly wisdom such as this rarely permeates into those political minds which are driven by vote acquisition rather than by the common good. The rise of Extiction Rebellion is a potential area for the harvesting of votes and this is the motivation which will frustrate endeavours to control the movement and its disreputable and dangerous practices.
    We have already seen this happening as the media whipped up the hysteria with the politicians waving their vote catching nets, oblivious of the reality.

  3. craigm350 says:

    Reblogged this on WeatherAction News and commented:
    Considering the political class were quite happy to be in bed with them back in April, I won’t hold my breath, however on the other hand from a civil liberty perspective radical groups are quite useful to broaden legislation that simultaneously narrows liberty. Maybe just applying the law would work. 🤔

  4. oldbrew says:

    More nonsense…

    Extinction Rebellion protesters arrested after gluing themselves to pink bathtub on motorway

    Video footage tweeted by Extinction Rebellion Bristol showed police surrounding a pink bathtub while unknown demonstrators sat inside.

  5. ivan says:

    Maybe the police should have called one of the local farmers to come and fill the tub with pig slurry.

  6. oldbrew says:

    Making them look/feel like victims is unlikely to put them off.

  7. oldbrew says:

    Date: 19/07/19 Iain Martin, The Times

    Climate activists are bossy extremists who feel they have the right to wreck the economy without even consulting voters

    Too polite – they are out-and-out nutters.

  8. oldbrew says:

    Extinction Rebellion boats banned from London by Met Police

    Under Section 12 of the Public Order Act 1986:
    “No boat, vehicle or other structure may form part of any procession by ‘Extinction Rebellion’ or join the procession at any point on its route or at its final location on Friday, 19 July 2019 within the London region.”

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