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Arrests as XR protestors halt newspaper printing

Police have confirmed 77 people from the Extinction Rebellion (XR) movement were charged over the weekend after protestors halted the printing of a number of major newspapers.

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Protestors blocked access to a number of printing facilities (image: XR)

The activists blocked access to printing facilities at Broxbourne in Hertfordshire, Knowsley in Merseyside and near Motherwell in the North Lanarkshire region of Scotland.

Rupert Murdoch-owned titles including The Sun, The Times, The Sun on Sunday, The Sunday Times and The Scottish Sun were among those hit, while the sites in question also print the Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph, the Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday and the London Evening Standard.

The protestors had targeted the locations after claiming the mainstream media have not given enough coverage to climate change.

Protests, which saw activists use vehicles to block entrances to the printing sites and also hang banners with slogans on and around the buildings, took place on Friday night and caused significant disruption to the weekend’s print schedule.

We took action at these printworks to encourage people to stand up and stand together during these turbulent times

“We are in an emergency of unprecedented scale and the papers we have targeted are not reflecting the scale and urgency of what is happening to our planet,” XR said in a statement.

“Even as we in the UK are experiencing the impacts of our warming world, the Murdoch press remains silent. We – and the free press – have so much more work to do.

“We took action at these printworks to encourage people to stand up and stand together during these turbulent times. The people who divide us profit from our fighting. But we can align across differences. Together we are powerful.”

The newspaper protests were part of wider activities over the weekend, which also saw the group carry out demonstrations at a number of famous London landmarks, including Trafalgar Square, Parliament Square and Buckingham Palace.

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