Old as the saying goes, a suit should always be put on a suit: the police are not cumbersome to pimp on costume men and women. And if you bounce, it looks especially dramatic in the news.
Even better protection is the grandmother’s age.
“If I am arrested, I will most likely always get good treatment as a grown-up, white and middle-class woman,” says a participant in the Elokapina movement protests in London. Janice Brown, 67, in an ironic tone.
In his view, the older age groups now have a duty to support young people in demanding more climate action.
Three Elokapina, founded in Britain a year ago (Extinction Rebellion or XR) is currently running a couple of weeks of demonstration in London.
Demonstrations are held around the Metropolis in different places and with different themes. Traffic jams have already made headlines, as expected. During the first four days of the protest, London police have arrested 236 protesters.
Janice Brown and her friends Geraldine Roberts, 71, have come to London protests since Sheffield in northern England.
“The planet is in a terrible climate crisis. Uh has been known for decades, but not enough is still being done. Now it’s time to act, ”Roberts says.
Retirement age has released to protest against climate change.
“We have time to be arrested. If, after ten years, the grandchildren ask what you did to combat climate change, then at least I can tell you did what I could, ”Brown says at a demonstration on Piccadilly Circus on Wednesday.
Brown knows what he’s talking about. He was arrested by police during the 2019 protests in London. That’s when the August Rebels blocked traffic in Leicester Square.
However, you no longer have to worry about what you would say in the workplace about being carried by the police. Mr Brown previously worked for the judiciary on prisoners on parole. Roberts, for his part, was vice-principal of the College.
“It’s hard to learn to rebel when you’ve been a very law-abiding citizen all your life,” Brown laughs.
In Finland local rebel road blockages have aroused indignation and anger as well.
In Britain, on the other hand, the Supreme Court lined up in Junethat blocking traffic can be a legitimate part of the right to protest. However, this needs to be considered on a case-by-case basis. Consideration should also be given to the use of force by the police in the situation.
What is the atmosphere like in London when the traffic is broken and the situation is on?
The women say that last day they were blocking downtown with younger protesters.
“We stood there hand in hand, and for a while I was really scared that the cars were really driving on top of us. Fortunately, the police came to the scene and talked to the drivers, and the situation calmed down, ”Roberts says.
Previous during the demonstrations, the Elokapina movement is also blocked public transport in London. There has not been enough understanding from commuters when, for example, the flow of London’s underground trains was blocked.
Now public transport has been left out of the protests. On the other hand, site traffic is now quieter than normal anyway. August is summer vacation month, and many are still working remotely because of the pandemic.
This time controversy has aroused it when one of the founders of the Elokapina movement admitted to driving a diesel car. The rationale was that the electric car could not be afforded.
Later this year Britain will host an important COP26 climate summit. It will be held in Glasgow, Scotland in early November.
“It’s going to be a full pancake. We have no hope of progress as long as the current government is in power, ”Piccadilly said on Wednesday. Ann, 61, said the prime minister Boris Johnson with reference to the Conservative government.
Ann didn’t want to say her last name.
In Scotland instead, Ann says she is now retired and free to demonstrate as much as she wants.
“Before, it wouldn’t have been possible when I worked as a midwife.”
He already plans to take part in the Glasgow protests later this year.
The participants in the London Elokapina raptures are marked by youth on the one hand and growing up on the other. The place shows under thirties and over fifties. The younger middle-aged people in between are in the minority.
The atmosphere is calm but not quiet. Police officers in their cadmium-yellow jackets are guarding the order to a great extent.
A Londoner Leonora Mead, 30, has come to the scene of a small Lyrawith her daughter.
Why did you go to the movie revolt?
“It feels completely trivial to sum up something so important in one sentence, but this planet needs to be protected because of my daughter.”
Mead thinks the generation of his parents is used to taking their standard of living for granted. It is difficult for them to change their attitudes and lifestyles.
“My spouse and I personally try to live as environmentally friendly as possible. We’re not flying, and next year we’re going to have a zero-emission vegan wedding. ”
On maternity leave Mead, an expert in mental health services, says he is considering specializing in treating climate anxiety.
“Many don’t suffer yet, but probably more in the future.”