Extinction Rebellion releases guide to help arrested activists

Climate change protestors Extinction Rebellion have released a new no-nonsense guide to help their activists when they are arrested and charged, after the arrest of hundreds more during the current demonstrations.

The guide has been produced by legal charity Law for Life with the help of a panel of experts and activists.

It explains what action could lead to time in prison, and what the consequences might be, so that demonstrators can make informed decisions about their involvement.

The information covers being held on remand in prison and being sentenced to prison after a conviction, for people over 18, and covers the law in England and Wales.

The full guide is available to read here.

One of those involved in the creation of the guide is lawyer Mike Schwarz, who said: “Activists’ confrontation with the State is a David and Goliath encounter in so many ways.  This booklet, an essential first step in providing an introduction to the risks of civil disobedience in these critical times, seeks to rectify to the disparity in know-how.

“This introduction to the criminal law and police powers is for novice activists, especially where they risk their freedom.  But they should get full advice as the area is complex and the pitfalls potentially deep and hidden.”

Robin Boardman, 21, one of the cofounders of Extinction Rebellion, said: “Over the rebellion, we must act with our consciences – to protect life from the apocalyptic future we face. To act accordingly to the truth, means disrupting business as usual to prevent a greater crime – the destruction of our ecosystems.

“For some, this means sitting in the road, for others it might mean disrupting major infrastructure such as City Airport or buildings, tubes and motorways. It is the disruption which focuses the national conversation on the issue at hand. Whatever a rebel’s role in the rebellion, they should be informed and respected for their decision.”

Find out how you can get involved with Extinction Rebellion’s activities this week at rebellion.earth

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