Priti Patel backs UK police decision to put Extinction Rebellion on terrorist list

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Priti Patel backs police decision to declare Extinction Rebellion a Terror Group

UK Home Secretary – Priti Patel backs police decision to declare Extinction Rebellion members Terrorists

Priti Patel, the UK’s Home Secretary, has supported a decision by anti-terror police to include the extreme environmental group Extinction Rebellion (XR) on a list of extremist terror groups.

“They [XR] are obviously a protest organisation. But everything has to be based in terms of risk to the public, security risks, security threats.” Miss Patel said.

“That is based on information from the [counter-terror] police, and various intelligence that we will receive. That’s the proper thing to do.”

Detective Chief Superintendent Kath Barnes, the head of counter-terrorism police in southeast England, has described the document listing XR as an extremist organisation as “an error of judgement” and said police should work to recall the decision.

In response to Ms Patel’s comments, an XR spokesperson said the real security risk to the UK was government inaction on climate change.

XR now sits along side Neo-Nazi and religiously extreme groups with members being subject to intense surveillance, restrictions or imprisonment.

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Esteban Gaviria
Periodista de Los Tiempos Al-Sahawat en Barcelona, España. Journalist for Al-Sahawat Times in Barcelona, Spain. Giornalista per Al-Sahawat Times in Barcelona, Spagna.