Do not bring climate activists to justice, urged the CPS | Extermination uprising

Prosecutors are under growing pressure to drop cases against environmental protesters after activists were found guilty of calling Britain’s most prominent climate skeptics “liars”.

Three activists were found guilty of criminal damage after spray-painting graffiti at the Westminster office of the Global Warming Policy Foundation. The organization, once led by former Chancellor Nigel Lawson, has been criticized by the Charity Commission for violating the rules of impartiality, with critics accusing it of being Britain’s most prominent source of skepticism about climate change.

Campaigners, who spray-painted the words “lies, lies, lies” on the building, received the minimum permissible sentence for criminal damage, a six-month conditional discharge and were ordered to pay a reduced legal cost of £ 100. Raj Chada, an attorney at Hodge Jones & Allen, said the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) should reconsider pursuing such cases.

About 50 Extinction Rebellion activists have had their convictions lifted after peaceful protests, which have raised questions to the CPS about cases brought against them. “Surely, once again, the CPS must consider whether it is in the public interest to prosecute when these are the convictions,” Chada said.

Clare Farrell, Jessica Townsend and Rupert Read spray-painted the graffiti and shed fake blood down the steps of the building in September 2020. The address is home to a small but influential network of libertarian, pro-Brexit think tanks and lobby groups. Among those who frequently attend meetings in the Georgian townhouse are the pro-Brexit website Brexit Central, the TaxPayers’ Alliance (TPA) and the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA), which have been accused of giving donors access to government ministers and officials.

When they handed down the verdict last Thursday, three judges at the City of London Magistrates Court praised the activists for their “openness and honesty”.

Townsend said: “We feel it is an obscenity … that there are those who spread lies that will harm and put the future of our society and our children at risk.”

Townsend, a writer who co-founded the Writers’ Rebel, a group of writers within the Extinction Rebellion, including Mark Rylance, Zadie Smith and Juliet Stevenson, added: “Writers, journalists, and anyone who deals with words need to to counteract these lies, false tales, and deliberate confusion with the clarity of truth. “

Actress and author Harriet Walter, who was on trial, said: “The wrong crime was prosecuted. What is the biggest crime? Reversible damage to some property or landing our children and grandchildren with irreversible damage to the planet?” Jonathan Porritt, former chairman of Tony Blair’s Commission on Sustainable Development, added: “This is a disappointing result… It does not global policy Warming Foundation is a small bunch of chronic liars.”

A spokesman for the Global Warming Policy Foundation, renamed online as Net Zero Watch, said they were campaigning against “exaggerated” claims that were not based on science. They added that they should be called climate change skeptics, not deniers.

The spokesman added: “No scientist in their right mind claims that we are facing extinction or that we have only 10 years to prevent global catastrophe … These are exaggerated claims that Extinction Rebellion uses to scare people. But you “We know we can face significant warming and significant problems. But that’s not the end of the world, is it?”

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