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Extinction Rebellion announce plans for London ‘tax rebellion’

EXTINCTION REBELLION activists continued protesting acrossthe country today in a “summer uprising” — during which plans for a London “tax rebellion” were launched.

The environmental activists were also camped out in Waterloo and other demos took place in Glasgow, Cardiff, Leeds and Bristol.

In Leeds, Extinction Rebellion activists occupied a key bridge over the River Aire and marched through the city centre.

Around 100 supporters have been camping out in tents on Victoria Bridge since Monday.

The bridge carries an arterial route into the city centre. Police are maintaining a permanent watch on the occupiers but have so far taken no other action.

Led by a drum band, some occupiers staged a mass “die-in” in busy shopping area Briggate.

Leeds occupier Linda Strudwick said: “I’m a 62-year-old working grandmother. I don’t normally choose to spend my time protesting on the street.

“The truth is that my generation has known about the climate breakdown for decades and we’ve failed to act quickly enough”

Londoners were asked to back a “tax rebellion” — launched outside City Hall — by attending talks and sessions over the next six weeks to galvanise support for “tax strikes as a form of civil disobedience.”

More than 50 people so far have pledged to withhold 22 per cent of one month’s council tax.

Money withheld will be redirected to a tax rebellion fund, to be managed by an independent body. Funds will only be collected once 2,700 people have pledged to join, Extinction Rebellion said.

Emma Wills, who has pledged to take part, said: “The Greater London Authority is using our money to fund construction, waste and transport projects that are making the climate crisis worse instead of better.”

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