London Tube Climate Protesters Dragged and Beaten
Written by BBC
Angry commuters dragged climate change protesters from the roof of a London Underground train.
Extinction Rebellion activists climbed on to trains at Stratford, Canning Town and Shadwell in Thursday’s rush hour. Eight protesters have been arrested, British Transport Police (BTP) said.
The Jubilee Line and Docklands Light Railway were temporarily suspended.
Extinction Rebellion later said it would “take stock” of the reaction to the latest action for future protests. Spokesman Howard Rees said: “Was it the right thing to do? I am not sure.
“I think we will have to have a period of reflection. It is too early to say.”
Extinction Rebellion previously said the disruption was “necessary to highlight the emergency”.
Hayden Green, a commuter at Canning Town, said he saw the protester “dragged to the floor and kicked repeatedly”.
“Police have struggled to deal with the protest in London so the public stepped in and in the heat of the moment it was taken too far,” he told the BBC.
“I support their cause but I think how the protests have been carried out has led to more divisions.”
In footage shared on social media, a passenger waiting for a train is seen climbing on the carriage to get to one of the protesters.
The activist is grabbed by the knees and dragged down, falling to the platform where he appears to then be kicked and hit by angry commuters on the platform.
Others can be heard shouting and swearing at the protesters. One shouts: “I have to get to work too – I have to feed my kids.”
A second protester was chased along the top of the train carriage by a commuter before being dragged off.
A third Extinction Rebellion activist, who was broadcasting the protest on the group’s social media accounts, said he was also attacked and “kicked in the head”.
BTP said it was investigating what happened at Canning Town station, adding it was “concerning to see that a number of commuters took matters into their own hands, displaying violent behaviour to detain a protester”.
Assistant Chief Constable Sean O’Callaghan said: “It is important that commuters and other rail users allow the police, who are specially trained, to manage these incidents.
“Unfortunately, there is still a risk that Extinction Rebellion will target the rail network during this evening’s peak. We will continue to have extra officers on patrol and will work to disrupt any potential criminal action before it happens.”
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