UK Government Condemns Extinction Rebellion For ‘Attack On Democracy’

  • Date: 05/09/20
  • The Daily Telegraph

Home Secretary Priti Patel has condemned Extinction Rebellion (XR) for an “attack on democracy” after the group blockaded major printing presses in a move to stop a range of papers reaching news stands on Saturday.

Members of Extinction Rebellion maintain a blockade at Broxbourne in Hertfordshire throughout the night  to prevent newspapers from reaching newsstands on Saturday CREDIT:  Marcin Nowak/LNP/London News

More than 100 protesters used vehicles and bamboo lock-ons to block roads outside the printing works at Broxbourne, Hertfordshire, and Knowsley, near Liverpool.

The presses print the Rupert Murdoch-owned News UK’s titles including The SunThe TimesThe Sun on Sunday and The Sunday Times, as well as The Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph, the Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday, and the London Evening Standard.

Home Secretary Priti Patel branded the Extinction Rebellion demonstration as an “attack on democracy”.

She said: “This morning people across the country will be prevented from reading their newspaper because of the actions of Extinction Rebellion.

“This attack on our free press, society and democracy is completely unacceptable.”

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