#AceNewsReport – Sept.05: More than 100 protesters targeted Newsprinters presses at Broxbourne in Hertfordshire, Knowsley in Merseyside, and near Motherwell, North Lanarkshire: Newsagents said some of the papers – which XR accuse of failing to report on climate change – have arrived late: Forty-two people have been arrested: The Sun tweeted saying copies of the paper would be delayed arriving at newsagents, adding the blockade was an “attack on all the free press”
Newspapers delayed as Extinction Rebellion blocks printing presses BBC News reports
Extinction RebellionProtesters gathered outside the sites owned by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation
The presses print the Rupert Murdoch-owned News Corp titles including the Sun, the Times, the Sun on Sunday, the Sunday Times, and the Scottish Sun: They also print the Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph, the Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday, and the London Evening Standard: XR used vehicles along with individual protesters chaining themselves to structures to block roads to the presses: Vans were covered with banners including “Free the truth” and “Refugees are welcome here”.
Newsprinters also condemned the protests as an “attack on all of the free press”, which it said had affected workers going about their jobs and others such as newsagents who faced “financial penalty” “Thanks to other industry partners, printing was transferred to other sites,” it said.
Hertfordshire Police said officers were called to Great Eastern Road near the Broxbourne plant at about 22:00 BST, where they found about 100 protesters who had “secured themselves to structures and one another”
And Home Secretary Priti Patel tweeted the overnight action by XR was an “attack on democracy”.………..
By 06:00 BST, 13 arrests had been made with police expecting more to follow, but delivery lorries had still been unable to leave the site to distribute papers: Officers in Hertfordshire said by about 09:30 42 people had been arrested: Merseyside Police tweeted on Saturday morning officers were still at the Knowsley plant.
XR has accused the newspapers and their owners of “failure to report on the climate and ecological emergency” and “polluting national debate” on dozens of social issues: The group has planned 10 days of action and demanded the government declare a climate and ecological emergency.
On Thursday, more than 300 people were arrested during protests in central London: Meanwhile, climate change protesters have been warned they risk large fines if they fail to comply with coronavirus rules banning gatherings of more than 30 people:
Conditions imposed on Extinction Rebellion procession on Saturday
Sep 04, 2020 20:22 BST
The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) has today, Friday, 4 September, imposed conditions on Extinction Rebellion – The Lightship Greta procession due to take place tomorrow, Saturday, 5 September.
The form with the exact conditions is attached.
+ Please download to view full conditions and associated map: http://news.met.police.uk/documents/xr-conditions-september-5-99671
Reminder re: demonstrators and Covid legislation:
Demonstrators involved in environmental change protest by Extinction Rebellion in central London must comply with the Coronavirus legislation: It is the responsibility of those wanting to attend/organise any large gathering to check the position and ensure they are not committing an offence. To find the regulations, look on line at www.legislation.gov.uk
#AceNewsDesk report ……………Published: Sept.05: 2020:
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