MCFly asked Manchester Extinction Rebellion for an account of Saturday’s action (see also Salford Star account).
On Saturday the 24th of November around 400 people from Extinction Rebellion groups from across the North including Lancaster, Leeds and Manchester gathered together in solidarity to mark the end of the official two weeks of rebellion and the start of the continued rebellion against the government’s criminal inaction on climate breakdown. The group moved from Piccadilly Gardens, along Portland Street and down to Deansgate.
The group then performed two sit-ins in the crossroads, where the declaration of rebellion was read and activists were invited to speak about why they were there. The group then moved to St Peter’s Square and performed a die-in, to remember all the life that has lost already and the life that will be lost if nothing is done about climate change. During this time a choir, formed of members of the Extinction Rebellion Manchester group sang multiple songs about the current crisis.
After this a smaller group performed a roadblock and after an hour of communication with the police this resulted in 8 arrests with all arrestees being charged with wilful obstruction of the highway and being set a court date on the 3rd of January.