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No one seems to know what's going on here.
It's 5:00 p.m. on a Tuesday, and about 100 people have gathered in a park behind the House of Representatives office buildings. They've taped up the trees and lamp posts with yellow emergency tape. A man standing by a picnic table hands out vests which look like they were filched from the gilets jaunes. Passersby stop and gawk at the spectacle.
Extinction - Rebellion - Organization - Climate - Change
This is Extinction Rebellion, a worldwide organization devoted to combating climate change. Its demands are both simple and simplistic: Governments must declare a global "climate emergency" and work together to save the human race from total annihilation within the next 30 years. Its members are self-professed fanatics, eager to ditch their dignity for the sake of saving their species.
The group (which styles itself XR) first became famous last November for a series of dramatic protests in London, where it was founded. During a day of climate awareness, XR activists blockaded the Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy and glued their hands to its doors. Other unrolled a giant flag on Westminster Bridge reading, "Climate Change: We're F—d." Still others glued themselves to the gates of Downing Street, which stand near the British prime minister's residence.
Months - XR - Acts - Disobedience - Copenhagen
In the next few months, XR staged similar acts of civil disobedience in Copenhagen, Berlin, Madrid, and many other European urban centers. XR gained worldwide attention when activists stripped to their underwear in the balconies of the House of Commons and flashed British legislators. Two protestors donned elephant masks and painted their bodies gray to address "the elephant in the room" (it's the climate emergency). As British police came to arrest them, they glued themselves to the building.
XR has not yet staged any such demonstrations in the States. There have been some marches in New York City,...
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