Global Affairs: When green protesters hurt their own cause

Greta Thunberg says climate danger justifies law-breaking. The clashes between London commuters and Extinction Rebellion activists highlight a need to re-examine their methods and demands.

LONDON • For weeks, central London has resembled a battle zone. People lying on the roads, refusing to move; others gluing themselves to buildings, bus stations or shop windows; demonstrators camping in Trafalgar Square, the heart of the British capital.

Some of these events were comical. What is one to make of the protester dressed as Prime Minister Boris Johnson scaling the 96m-high Big Ben parliamentary tower? And how about the rank of breastfeeding mothers who blockaded the European headquarters of Google, the technology company, in central London?

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 21, 2019, with the headline 'When green protesters hurt their own cause'. Print Edition | Subscribe