Extinction Rebellion Challenges London Protest Ban
The anti-climate change movement launched legal proceedings yesterday against the “unprecedented and disproportionate” citywide ban by London police against their demonstrations. Those taking part in the suit include lawmakers from the Green Party and activist writer George Monbiot, who was arrested after the ban took effect. They argue the measure violates their rights to free speech and assembly. It’s unclear when the court might rule on the case.
How much have these protests cost? Authorities say they’ve spent more than $25 million policing XR demonstrations, most of it “incurred entirely unnecessarily.”