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Extinction Rebellion plans bank holiday weekend ‘uprising’

Climate demonstrations are due to take place across the UK this weekend, as the environmental campaign group Extinction Rebellion launches its latest “uprising”.

This weekend’s events will include a “funeral march” in Lewes, East Sussex, to “mark the death and destruction wrought by humans on our natural world”. The march, described as a Procession for the Planet, will include mourners dressed in black and a jazz band.

Extinction Rebellion family protest groups will also host “Feed-in and Play-in” events outside the Bank of England, and in locations across Oxford, Cardiff, Leicester and York. The events are in protest against bailouts for fossil fuel companies.

In Brighton, activists are due to embark on an “epic voyage of rebellion”, in which they will march from the seafront to London with a lightship – a land-based warning boat – named after the young climate activist Greta Thunberg.

The organisation said that this weekend’s events were a precursor to larger protests next week, beginning on Tuesday, in which activists would block streets in London, Manchester and Cardiff as they call on MPs support a their proposed climate and ecological emergency bill.

The group is focusing its efforts on UK airports, attempting to prevent the aviation industry from returning to “business as usual” after the coronavirus pandemic, during which air travel reduced dramatically because of the lockdown.

Activists will gather around Stansted, Luton, and Leeds Bradford airports to protest against planned expansions.

“There should be no going back to the industries that are causing the most damage in this climate and ecological crisis,” a statement on the group’s website said.

“This is a sector which needs to drastically reduce emissions to reduce its huge impact on the climate crisis, yet governments are sending a very different signal by allowing increasing flight numbers, runway expansions and no-strings-attached airline bailouts,” the statement added.

Last year, Extinction Rebellion was banned from demonstrating in London after more than 1,600 people were arrested during 10 days of climate action.

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