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Islander arrested twice at climate-change rally

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AN Islander was arrested twice in a matter of days as she joined thousands of climate-change protesters lining the streets of London for the Extinction Rebellion rallies.

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A number of people from the Island have been taking part in the demonstrations, as masses descended on the capital for non-violent protests in an attempt to get the government to act on climate change.

The protests have been in designated areas of London and so far 600 arrests have been made by the Metropolitan Police, with two of those involving the same Jersey protester.

Kate de la Mare had only been in the capital for a matter of hours when she was handcuffed by police and put in a cell.

She had never been arrested before and was cuffed again hours after leaving custody.

She believes her arrests, and the whole protest, will make a difference and that something will be done to address climate change.

‘We were walking to the farmers area, as me and my husband are farmers,’ she said. ‘I held a banner on a street and was arrested for obstructing a public highway and spent 19 hours in custody.

‘I was released under investigation on that and then took part in a sit-down protest, only to be arrested again and spend another evening in custody.

‘I think the protests are a success. Violent protests get results that maybe don’t last, but non-violent protests, while slower, do make a difference.

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‘A citizens’ assembly needs to be set up to tackle climate change. Here in Jersey I think what has happened is a token gesture. Nowhere near enough is being done.’

Islander Julie Pearce also made the trip over to London with her children to join fellow protesters.

‘This will make a difference and hopefully people will listen.

‘People can not eat meat, have electric cars and have solar panels, but there needs to be a big change at the top.’

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