This week, a woman glued her breasts to the pavement in protest, outside of the Goldman Sachs offices in London. The protest was a part of larger demonstrations in the financial district of London. The woman was described by news outlets as an “eco-protester.”
Passengers on a bus spotted the woman lying face down with her top up to her neck. Once the woman was reported, a group of police officers arrived on the scene and surrounded the woman by large screens to prevent onlookers from seeing her protest.
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The protest was a part of the Extinction Rebellion (XR) demonstration, a growing movement that is fighting for environmental causes. Somehow, emergency crews were able to remove her breasts from the pavement.
According to the Scotland Yard, 26 people were arrested on suspicion of aggravated trespassing for blocking the entrance to the stock exchange building.
BREAKING: Time for MONEY to tell the truth on its role on the Climate and Ecological Emergency
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In another part of the city, five protesters including 83-year-old grandfather Phil Kingston climbed onto the roof of a DLR train at Canary Wharf station in east London, holding signs that said ‘business as usual = death’ and ‘don’t jail the canaries’.
This protest was met by members of the British Transport Police (BTP), who used ropes, ladders, and harnesses to remove the banners. The five protesters were also arrested following the demonstration, and charged with obstructing the railway.
In a statement earlier this week, the group said:
“The world has changed … A space for truth-telling has been opened up.Now it is time to bring this telling of the truth to communities around London, the regions and nations of the UK, and internationally. In this age of misinformation, there is power in telling the truth. [We] thank Londoners for opening their hearts and demonstrating their willingness to act on that truth. We know we have disrupted your lives. We do not do this lightly. We only do this because this is an emergency.”
Since the protests began last Monday, 40,000 new backers or volunteers have offered support to the group. In the same period, it has raised almost £200,000 – mostly in small donations of between £10 and £50 – making a total of £365,000 since January, according to the Guardian.
There have also been protests in various places all over the world.
Protesters in France, Australia, New Zealand, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Italy, The Netherlands, the UK, and numerous other countries staged “die ins” at high traffic locations, in which demonstrators laid across the ground to bring awareness to their cause.
— XR Sweden (@ExtinctionR_SV) April 27, 2019
“Our ecosystem is threatened by collapse, which will not only lead to mass extinction of countless species, the loss of soil fertility and more extreme weather but will also bring with it the social crises of famine, war and migration. The small efforts we are doing each and every day, [such as] using less packaging, buying organic food and clothes, stopping drinking with plastic straws are clearly not enough. We need our governments to take their responsibilities seriously in order to ensure a future worth living to the inhabitants of our world,” A spokesperson for the group said in a statement.
It is obvious that these young people are fired about the environment, but it is hard to tell what that woman thought she was going to accomplish by gluing her breasts to the sidewalk. If her goal was to catch people’s attention, she accomplished her mission, but she could have probably turned heads without potentially mutilating her body.
The group’s leaders say that Extinction rebellion is moving on to the “next phase in rebellion.”
Extinction rebellion co-founder Roger Hallam said that our species is at a pivotal time and if we don’t act now we can expect an extinction level event in the future.
“I think about how to effectively change society in a crisis. That’s why Extinction Rebellion has been successful,” he said
“It’s not like three people in a pub going ‘let’s have a rebellion.’ It’s like a systematic survey of the academic literature on how societies change radically in a short amount of time. People need to break the law nonviolently, en masse, preferably in a capital city.” he added.
The movement is growing by the day, and more protests are expected to happen across the world on a regular basis.