London According to media reports, the British government is considering tougher action against the environmental movement after the Extinction Rebellion blockade against several printing companies. The newspaper “The Telegraph” reported in its online edition, citing government circles, that one of the considerations was to classify Extinction Rebellion as a criminal organization. Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Home Secretary Priti Patel had asked their officials to take a “fresh look” at how this group should be classified by law.
On Saturday, many Britons had not received daily newspapers following renewed protests by Extinction Rebellion. More than 100 activists had previously blocked the access roads to two printing plants. The police arrested several dozen protesters.
“It is completely unacceptable to restrict public access to news in this way,” wrote Johnson on Saturday’s short message service Twitter. Patel spoke of an “attack on our free press, society and democracy”.
Printers that printed newspapers from the Rupert Murdoch Group, such as “The Sun” and “The Times”, were affected. Activists accused them of misreporting them on social media. Extinction Rebellion wants to protest against global warming, especially in London, for a total of ten days. Many activists have been stuck on the asphalt in the government district in recent days. According to police, more than 600 people have been arrested since Tuesday.
The newspaper “The Telegraph”, which was also affected by the blockades, lifted its payment barrier for online articles for the entire weekend in response. “We weren’t the primary target, but production of The Telegraph issues was seriously impacted,” said a note to readers. After this “attack on the free press” it was decided to make the content on the website freely available until Monday morning.
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