‘Extinction Rebellion’ activists glued to bus of British candidate Jo Swinson
Dec. 4 (UPI) — “Extinction Rebellion” climate change activists glued themselves to the bus of a British political leader Wednesday, to draw attention to Britain’s upcoming general elections.
The protesters targeted the bus of Jo Swinson — some dressed as bees — to dramatize the decline in global biodiversity. They also superglued their hands to the bus used by Swinson’s Liberal Democratic Party.
The activist group, known as XR, is calling for the party to advance its carbon-neutral policy demand from 2045 to 2025. The protesters were later informed that Swinson’s bus is electric-powered.
The international organization has staged numerous theatrical demonstrations this year, particularly in London. Some of their activities included hunger strikes and interrupting government proceedings while covered in oil. Dozens were arrested at a rally in London in October.
Swinson was not aboard the bus when the glue incident occurred.
“There is clearly a little bit of an irony in gluing yourself to an electric bus,” she said later. “But I recognize the general point. I welcome that the climate emergency is a really important issue in this election.”
“The point was to protest their inadequate 2045 target, not their bus,” XR activist Linda Doyle later said.
One person was arrested during Wednesday’s demonstration.
The British elections are scheduled for Dec. 12.