Britain: Protestors Blockading Newspaper Presses Charged By Police

Over seventy activists have been charged with obstruction of the highway.

Sohil Nikam

September 7, 2020

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Over seventy protestors from the organization Extinction Rebellion (XR), who were arrested in Britain on Friday, have been charged by local police authorities. The activists from the environmental organization had blockaded newspaper printing presses to delay their deliveries in various parts of the UK. The organization has said, ‘right-wing media is a barrier to the truth’, and called on owner Rupert Murdoch to ‘stop suppressing the truth about the climate crisis and profiting from the division your papers create.’

The protests took place at various sites in the UK, like Liverpool, Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire, and Knowsley. Vans, a boat, and towers made of bamboo were used in order to blockade factories manufacturing newspapers like The Sun, The Times, The Daily Telegraph, and Daily Mail. The stance of these papers of denying climate change was the main reason behind this protest from the XR. Most of the arrested have been charged with obstruction of the highway.

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