A senior police officer has criticised eco-activists Extinction Rebellion for its “unreasonable” and “unlawful” tactics in the British capital, which has diverted police officers away from dealing with real, serious crimes.
Scotland Yard’s Deputy Assistant Commissioner Matt Twist made the remarks after the Metropolitan Police revealed it had arrested nearly 500 Extinction Rebellion (XR) protesters in just the first eight days of its ‘Impossible Rebellion’ protest campaign, set to last two weeks.
“They have the right to protest and assemble together, but this right must be balanced with the rights of others — those wanting to go about their lawful business unimpeded and without disruption,” Assistant Commissioner Twist said in comments reported by the Evening Standard on Friday.
“They’ve blocked traffic on two of London’s busiest bridges, defaced iconic landmarks and disrupted critical road junctions. Commuters’ journeys have been delayed, businesses had deliveries cancelled and the owners of landmarks have