have banned Extinction
from continuing anywhere in London. The Metropolitan police issued a
revised section 14 order on Monday night that said, “any assembly
linked to the Extinction Rebellion ‘Autumn Uprising’ ... must now
cease their protests within London (MPS and City of London Police
Areas)”. Kevin Blowe, coordinator of the Network for Police
Monitoring (Netpol), said the order effectively amounted to a ban on
XR, without going through the due process that would usually be
required. “A ban has to be made by the home secretary,” he
reading of it is that the section 14 powers are supposed to be used
with caution because people still have a right to protest and
potentially this is unlawful, and there is no other way to put it.
Take a look at what section 14 says: it’s about restricting a
number of people for a particular duration of time. My feeling is
that this has to be open to some form of potential legal challenge.”
then moved in almost without warning to clear protesters who
remained at the movement’s camp in Trafalgar Square. Until Monday
night, Trafalgar Square had been specified by the Met as the only
legitimate protest site. As recently as this evening, police officers
enforcing the section 14 had been telling protesters to go to the
square if they wanted to continue protesting.
came after a day in which scores of protesters were arrested for
blocking traffic outside the Bank of England. In a statement, the
group said: “Extinction Rebellion this morning are disrupting the
system bankrolling the environmental crisis. The day of disruption,
which will target financial institutions, seeks to highlight the far
greater disruption faced by those living in the environments
systematically being destroyed by UK-backed companies. The
ecological damage is global and it is hitting the global south now.”
Protesters said they were switching their focus to the financial
institutions “funding environmental destruction”.
Activists were also reportedly arrested outside the office of BAE
Systems, the world's fourth largest arms manufacturer.
group said it was highlighting the link between war and the climate
crisis, as well as the sale of arms to Saudi Arabia.
another statement, XR said it was targeting BlackRock to highlight
the firm’s financial support for fossil fuels and businesses, which
result in the destruction of natural habitats.
is targeting BlackRock because it’s the world’s biggest backer of
climate and rainforest destruction,” the group said. “It’s the
number one investor in fossil fuels, including coal, and in the
companies driving deforestation around the world. XR calls on
BlackRock to disinvest from these sectors now and back renewables.”
than 1,400 people have been arrested during eight days of XR action,
with the threat that anyone defying police orders will also be
detained. Activists are planning to block roads outside MI5.
The group is holding what it called a “roadblock feast” on the
south side of the river, which they have carried out previously
during the summer protests, where they will be “serving food around
3,000 demonstrators have now been arrested worldwide,
Socialist Party is convinced, based on the facts available to anyone,
that in our modern, technological age, almost all our problems can be
solved. A planet fit for human beings to inhabit has become the
question of ultimate survival.
Socialist Party's case boils down to this simple premise: Let us
eliminate the relationships of commodity production, let us produce
goods to serve the needs of humanity instead of producing in order to
make profits, let us organise our world on a democratically planned
base instead of working for the benefit of the stockholders, let us
harness the natural wealth of the universe and match it with the
trained technology of the workers who live on this planet.
of the solutions of these problems would then fall into place. Thus,
we are now able to eliminate waste. The waste of war. The waste of
duplication on the part of many competing companies. The waste
of countless unnecessary industries such as banking, insurance, and
advertising. We contend that potentially the problem of production
has already been solved. We can produce enough food and in infinite
abundance. We can build as many homes as may be needed. And ALL
WITHOUT GLOBAL WARMING.
Socialist Party is not interested in a system of production and
distribution that ignores the basic purpose of satisfying social and
human needs in favour of profits. Any science,
in any field of production which does not take into account its
social background and human purpose, is no science but merely
technology. The benefits of science and technology have yet to reach
the multitudes. They have arrived only for a few people who own
and control their operations. The scientific information available
concerning the natural and mineral resources of the world concludes
that there is no shortage. No shortage of agricultural land; no
shortage of any form of natural wealth, including energy. Capitalism,
which is based on a market economy, has been known to create
shortages in order to boost prices. In order to attempt to affect
prices, capitalism will curtail production, oft times squandering
natural resources. Many resources are considered in short supply due only to the fact that they cannot be
brought to the market profitably. Every assessment of wealth is
judged in this way. It would not be judged in this way in a socialist
fact is that today, not in the future, mankind has reached a
potential super-abundance of all of the requirements to sustain life.
Famine in 2019 is inexcusable. Technologically, modern agriculture in
the United States alone could produce enough food to feed much of the
entire world. We say of the food problem, as we have said of the
energy problem: We are not facing some final exhaustion of the
world’s sources of food. The economist who sees capitalism as the
best of all possible worlds says that we are simply short of capital.
Any worldwide solution to the food problem will require the massive
investment of resources. We, socialists, say the solution is obvious:
Produce only to satisfy human needs and wants.
— that which is the most efficient and environmentally satisfying
at the same time.
— no competing brands of vehicles; only the best will do. Probably
more public transportation, but with a view to comfort and
— any process that despoils nature and endangers man obviously will
be discontinued. The inventiveness of our age will overcome any
may sound strange, but really what we are advocating is sanity. We
call it socialism.