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17th October 2019

AM calls on Welsh Government to reconsider involvement with Extinction Rebellion

BY: Nathan Spackman

There have been calls for the Welsh Government to reconsider its involvement with Extinction Rebellion following a morning of protests in London.

The calls come after the Welsh Government invited climate change protesters from Extinction Rebellion to a conference in Cardiff which took place yesterday (16th October.)

South Wales Central AM Andrew RT Davies has today called on the Welsh Labour Government to reconsider its involvement with the group Extinction Rebellion after another morning of troubling scenes in London.

It follows members of the group climbing onto trains at Stratford, Canning Town and Shadwell during Thursday's rush hour causing delays and tense scenes with hardworking commuters on tube platforms.

Commenting, Shadow Minister for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Andrew RT Davies AM said: “This is the latest episode in a series of illegal and appalling incidents by members of Extinction Rebellion, which has brought chaos not just to London, but also to our own capital city of Cardiff.

“Yesterday, the Welsh Labour Government put Extinction Rebellion front and centre of its climate change conference and this must be reconsidered moving forward given the group’s consistently dangerous and counterproductive activity.

“Tackling climate change is a hugely important issue and one which the majority of the public is fully behind but these sort of antics are a sure fire way to lose the hearts and minds of hardworking people who we need on side in this battle.

“There are many environmental groups that do an awful lot of good promoting this cause and therefore the Welsh Government should carefully consider any future involvement with anarchists from Extinction Rebellion.”

In a previous statement Welsh environment minister Lesley Griffiths said the group are "very committed people with some very good ideas" that need to be listened to.

She said protesters have the "right to peaceful protest" but "they shouldn't law-break".

"I would never encourage that," she added.

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