London Tube Climate Protesters Dragged and Beaten

Written by BBC

 

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Protesters climbed to the top of a train carriage at Shadwell station

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.”

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Hayden Green said violence broke out after a protester tried to “kick a commuter”

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.”

extinction rebellion protestors hold up the jubilee line at canning town station by standing on the trainExtinction Rebellion protesters climb on to a Jubilee line train at Canning Town station

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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Comments (10)

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    Pierre D. Bernier

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    Wait for the police and get nowhere. It’s a war. You fight a war like you fight a war !

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    Andy Rowlands

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    I would argue the protestor who kicked the man climbing up to him struck the first blow, and when he was dragged off onto the platform, other commuters retaliated for the kick. I think he got off lightly.

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      Alan Stewart

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      Correct Andy and this may me Winston’s ‘Perhaps it is the end of the beginning.’ I am watching our Canadian western provinces, especially Alberta with it’s vast oil resources mutter about breaking up Confederation centered on the Climate Hoax. Hillary’s ‘Deplorables’ world wide have common sense and can only be pushed so far.
      Cheers

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    Damian Ousley

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    It is not recorded here in Australia or overseas as to how many person’s have died or have had health risks due to emergency serves, ambulances and firefighters have not been able to response to the Extinction Rebellion clowns causing chaos in traffic etc,. If someone were to have a turn an die then charge the attending protesters as accessories to homicide. 5 years in the pen will with no friends and accused of being granny or child killers etc will be a real nightmare situation for them. The other prision inmates will treat them with total distain.

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      Andy Rowlands

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      Well said Damian. I fear it will take the death of someone trying to be taken to hospital before the Police here in England are given the power to prosecute XR’s leaders for manslaughter.

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    Andrew Johnson

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    About time the man in the street stood up for HIS rights to go to work and to his stuff without a bunch of Snowflake Fascists interrupt him. I hope the commuters wear steel toe capped CAT boots to work, especially on Fridays.

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      Andy Rowlands

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      Well said Andrew, I echo your sentiments exactly.

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    nonstopca

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    They got what they deserved….what right do they have to interfere with ALL of those other peoples lives…I hope they were hurt bad enough to warrant a hospital stay…

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    Rob. M

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    Wouldn’t it be ironic if the injured snowflake was one of the ones that died waiting for a ambulance to get through the traffic chaos they started.

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    Zane Wanger

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    I’ve been reading about those protests going on in Chile right now. You can find some pictures online of the police there getting hit by protesters throwing molotov cocktails. It looks like it’s pretty bad.

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