Extinction Rebellion Policy Exchange Report Extremism Rebellion - 2019-08-19
In July, Policy Exchange, an opaquely-funded free-market think tank, published a widely-reported research paper that branded environmental protesters Extinction Rebellion (XR) as "subversive" and "extremist".
It said some Extinction Rebellion supporters might "engage in violence" and could "cross the threshold into terrorist activity" – all allegations that got widespread media coverage. But a big question-mark remained hanging over the paper. Namely: who gains from trash-talking a group of eco-warriors as potential terrorists?
Defending the activists on Radio 4's Today programme, XR spokesperson Rupert Read said to presenter John Humphrys: