16th October Press Release - Lawyers for XR

Updated: Oct 17, 2019

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  • Today, members of the Lawyers for Extinction Rebellion group, alongside comedians Mark Thomas and Heydon Prowse, issued a Judicial Review Pre-Action Protocol letter of claim to the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

  • The letter informs MPS of the group’s intention to form assemblies and protest in support of the Extinction Rebellion Autumn Uprising (‘XRAU’) on Friday 18 October and Saturday 19 October 2019.

  • Such an assembly challenges the MPS’s use of a section 14 order banning all protests related to Extinction Rebellion across London, as issued by the MPS on 14 October 2019

  • The letter, and assemblies are intended to highlight the potentially unlawful prohibition of any and all assemblies in support of XRAU around a vast area, the entire City of London and Greater London area, and invites the Commissioner of the MPS to rescind the unlawful section 14 notice

  • The court action and assemblies take place as part of the International Rebellion from 7 October 2019

At 11.51am, 16 October 2019, Lawyers from the group Lawyers for Extinction Rebellion, and comedians Mark Thomas and Hayden Prowse, filed a Judicial Review Pre-Action Protocol letter of claim with the Metropolitan Police’s Directorate of Legal Services.

These individuals are supporters of Extinction Rebellion (‘XR’) who intend to form an assembly and protest in support of the Extinction Rebellion Autumn Uprising (‘XRAU’) on Friday 18 October and Saturday 19 October 2019.

They intend to engage in the following assemblies:

  • A protest in support of the XRAU outside the Royal Courts of Justice on Friday 18 October 2019 from midday. This protest will include wearing XR logos, carrying XR flags/banners and handing out XR leaflets and the Lawyers for Extinction Rebellion Declaration of Rebellion. The location of this assembly has specifically been chosen to highlight concerns as to the proportionality, necessity and legality of the MPS policing operation concerning XRAU and to reach a large number of those in the legal profession who are being invited to support the declaration of rebellion and Lawyers for Extinction Rebellion.

  • A ‘workshop’ based assembly in front of Broadcasting House, Portland Place, London, W1A 1AA on the afternoon/early evening on 18 October 2019 at which Guy Taylor, Mark Thomas and Heydon Prowse intend to wear XR logos, carry XR flags/banners and hand out XR leaflets whilst advising attendees on the preparation of picnic baskets for use during medium-term XR demonstrations.

  • The “People’s Vote” demonstration on Saturday 19 October in central London. They intend to wear XR logos, carry XR flags/banners and hand out XR leaflets and the Lawyers for Extinction Rebellion declaration of rebellion.

  • The letter of claim and the intended assemblies are designed to challenge the conditions imposed in the unlaw imposition of Section 14 of the Public Order Act.

  • The full text of the letter is linked to below, and includes biographies of the proposed claimants.

Notes to Editors

About Lawyers for Extinction Rebellion

Lawyers for Extinction Rebellion is a group for legal professionals and law students which is pursuing two avenues in the face of the ongoing climate and ecological emergency:

The less radical - to raise awareness of the climate and ecological crisis, across the legal community; and

Secondly and more radically, to take an active role in the work of Extinction Rebellion. This includes getting involved in actions in the legal sphere to viscerally demonstrate our support, and also to act as legal and court observers."

Lawyers for Extinction Rebellion has issued a Lawyers’ Declaration of Rebellion, which can be read here.

About Extinction Rebellion

Extinction Rebellion is a global movement that uses non-violent civil disobedience in an attempt to halt mass extinction and minimise the risk of societal collapse – both of which are seen as inevitable if rapid action is not taken to rein in human-induced climate change and biodiversity loss.

Extinction Rebellion believes it is a citizen’s duty to rebel, using peaceful civil disobedience, when faced with inaction by their Government.

International Rebellion

Starting on 7 October 2019 Extinction Rebellion called an International Rebellion. Find out more here.

Together, we will peacefully occupy the centres of power and shut them down until Governments act on the climate and ecological emergency.

Extinction Rebellion’s Demands are:

Government must tell the truth by declaring a climate and ecological emergency, working with other institutions to communicate the urgency for change.

Government must act now to halt biodiversity loss and reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2025.

Government must create and be led by the decisions of a Citizens’ Assembly on climate and ecological justice.

More Resources

The Emergency

Extinction Rebellion in Numbers

This Is Not A Drill: An Extinction Rebellion Handbook

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Full text of the Judicial Review Pre-Action Protocol letter of claim is available here. It is not for publication but for information purposes only


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