Extinction Rebellion (XR) have called off a huge demonstration planned for this weekend, in a mark of respect to the late Queen.
The campaigning environmental group were planning a ‘Festival of Resistance’ in central London, but this evening said the event was being postponed ‘until further notice’ due to Elizabeth II’s death.
But campaigners said that on Saturday there would still be space to gather together at Mile End Park.
In a statement, XR explained: ‘It was felt that the risks to our mobilisation efforts outweigh the desire to continue, and occupying a Royal Park at this time would not be practical.
‘The decision has not been made lightly and in full appreciation that it will impact so many who have put much time, heart and commitment into making this festival the beautiful reality it was gearing up to be.’
The group has undertaken a series of significant, disruptive demonstrations, aiming to draw attention to the climate crisis and the need for immediate action to tackle global warming.
Previous ‘festivals’ have seen large areas of London occupied by the groups and performative protests attract huge media attention and countless arrests.
Queen Elizabeth II dead: Key details
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has died after 70 years on the throne, with her death announced by Buckingham Palace on September 8, 2022.
She died at the age of 96 surrounded by her family at her home in Balmoral, including her son and heir to the throne Charles, the Prince of Wales, and her grandsons, the Duke Of Cambridge, Prince William and the Duke of Sussex, Prince Harry.
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But after cancelling the plans for this weekend, XR’s statement continued: ‘This message comes with immense gratitude and respect for everyone involved and every single person who was about to attend Rebellion for the first time.
‘This decision comes as multiple groups who had protest plans over the coming week make similar announcements.
‘There will be many strong feelings around this decision, for which everyone involved in this decision shares.’
Elizabeth II’s death was confirmed by Buckingham Palace at around 6.30pm today. She was 96-years-old.
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