XR arrests in doubt

Netpol raises questions over legality of arrests at recent Extinction Rebellion action

'More than 300 people have been arrested so far in cities including Manchester, London and Cardiff.' | Photo: Christian Climate Action.

Netpol, the network for police monitoring that was co-founded by Quaker Sam Walton, has raised questions over the legality of arrests made at a recent Extinction Rebellion (XR) action. ‘We are hearing that a group of @XRebellionUK cyclists are being kettled and arrested on Lambeth Bridge,’ Netpol tweeted. ‘This reminds us of the time a critical mass was mass-arrested at the 2012 Olympics. It was illegal then too and the police had to compensate people.’

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