Rupert Murdoch’s media company was targeted after a group of climate activists stated that his newspaper treated the current heat wave as a “bright story.”
At 6:30 am on Tuesday, two Extinction Rebellions (XRs) broke two windows at the entrance to the NewsUK building in London Bridge.
The other four sprayed “tell the truth” and “40 degrees = death” on the front of the building and pasted a copy of the recent sun headline about heat waves on the windows.
“Ice cream and happy toddlers”
News UK owns The Sun, The Times, and The Sunday Times.
In the heat of record in the UK, one XR activist said the News UK publications “Happy People in the Sun,” “Women in Bikinis,” and “Happy Toddlers with Ice Cream.” He said he was protesting the printing of the story.
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What’s happening now – Rebels broke windows and sprayed in News UK # Tell the truth & “40 degrees = death” by Murdoch Press #heatwave & #ClimateCrisishttps://t.co/M4MuD7gUIa pic.twitter.com/RT1LDmZW2U
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A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police Department said in an email in the Epoch Times that police were on the scene after being warned by police about damage to the building caused by protesters at the London Bridge, SE1.
“Since then, five people have been arrested on suspicion of criminal damage. Police officers have remained in the area and investigations into the situation are ongoing,” a spokesman said.
Last year, the Metropolitan Police Department said more than £ 50 million ($ 68 million) has been spent cracking down on XR protests since 2019.
A group of climate activists will hold long-term demonstrations in April and October 2019 and September 2020, with protesters blocking entrances, stopping traffic, adhering to buildings and roads, and British wartime Winston Churchill. Dirty the image of the prime minister.
2019, Report (pdf) According to a policy exchange written by former Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department counterterrorism director Richard Walton, XR claims to be a campaign to take advantage of civil disobedience to climate change and impose a complete system change on democratic order. did. And it calls for “a more destructive agenda rooted in the political extremism of anarchism, ecosocialism, and radical anti-capitalist environmentalism.”
In response to this report, XR described it as “a movement of civil disobedience centered on the principle of nonviolence.”
“Unity and political spectrum with our commitment to urge the government to act urgently in the face of the greatest threat of existence that our society has ever faced: the heating of the planet and the collapse of ecosystems. Ordinary people of all ages and backgrounds from all gathered. “
“Awesome apocalyptic messaging”
Maren Baker, a dangerously rational show host on Youtube, former Co-Chair of the Greens (1990–1991), told The Epoch Times that he believed the XR method was “counter-effect.”
“Extinction Rebellion is one of the radical campaign groups and ones who expect such problems to occur. Of course, many young people are absolutely passionate about changing the world. I believe that’s the way it is, “he says. He said.
“Unfortunately, the way they do it, and the way they build a campaign, is very likely to be counterproductive to what they actually do,” Baker said.
He said that in Britain, all major political parties and businesses have signed the Net Zero goal, and activists “pretend to be doing nothing” while delivering the most “horrible apocalyptic messages” to young people. Said.
“Government has levels and there are people doing something in government agencies and the environment. Young people actually do it to tell them that it doesn’t make sense for the campaign group to do it because you are destined. There are so many routes you can take to become part of the solution, and all you can do is be arrested and ruin your life chances, because the world will be in the next few years. It doesn’t end, “Baker said.
“It’s incredibly destructive,” he added.
He added that the XR states that Murdoch’s press does not say anything about climate change, but it does. “Look at what they say. They aren’t necessarily the best, but they’re certainly talking more seriously about climate change now than they were ten years ago. So what’s the point? What are you trying to achieve now? Are you sure? “Baker said.
In 2020, XR postponed the distribution of several national newspapers after blocking access to three printing presses owned by Rupert Murdoch.
Protesters targeted newspapers near Broxbourne in Hertfordshire, Knowsley in Merseyside, and Motherwell in North London, The Sunday Times, The Sunday Telegraph, The Sunday Telegraph, and Sunday. The Telegraph, Daily Mail, and mailing on Sunday delayed London’s Evening Standards.
The protest lost an estimated £ 1 million ($ 1.38 million) to the newspaper and the protesters were found guilty. All six defendants, except one, were given a 12-month conditional dismissal and ordered the court to pay an additional £ 150 ($ 207) and £ 22 ($ 30).
One of the two convicted protesters for a similar crime paid a fine of £ 150 ($ 207) and an additional charge of £ 34 ($ 47) to the court for £ 150 ($ 207). I was ordered.
A News UK spokesman said he did not comment on the Epoch Times. The Epoch Times contacted the XR for comment.
Bronwen Weatherby and Lily Zhou contributed to this report.