Extinction Rebellion (XR) activists went to trial in London on Thursday, facing public order offences related to protests that hit the UK capital in April.
“I’m here today because in April I took part in the Extinction Rebellion protest and refused to move from the bridge because I wanted to raise the alarm about the climate emergency. In effect I was breaking the law and I’ve been found guilty of that today,” said XR activist Ruth Williams.
“I was found guilty today because the judge did not accept – the magistrates did not accept – my argument that the threat of the climate emergency is imminent,” said XR activist Andrew Meadhurst.
A further reported 40 to 50 XR activists are expected to be called on Friday for plea hearing at the City of London Magistrates’ Court.