Labour former shadow home secretary Diane Abbott said direct action is a “legal tactic” and added it would be “ridiculous” for the Government to reclassify Extinction Rebellion. She told Sky News’ Sophy Ridge on Sunday: “They’re not criminals, they’re protesters and activists in the tradition of the Suffragettes and the hunger marches of the 1930s.” But Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said the claim was “perverse”.
He told the same programme: “We always keep all of our laws under review but I think actually the laws are in place to take relevant enforcement action against criminal behaviour.
“I’m astounded at Diane Abbott’s remarks. The idea that it is right to damage property or intervene with a free press in the name of progressive protests I think is perverse.
“And actually, I think it’s damaging to the cause of climate change.”
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