XR on extremist list – Diane Abbott responds
Diane Abbott MP, Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary, responding to Extinction’s beliefs being placed on the list of ideologies that warrant reporting someone to the Prevent programme, said:
“It is quite wrong to list Extinction Rebellion as an extremist group, and the government knows it. There is a world of difference between a genuine security or terrorist threat and the mild inconvenience caused by people legally and peacefully protesting.
“This is about the broader rights to assembly and to protest. The decision also further damages the tarnished image of the Prevent programme and reinforces the idea that it is not aimed at stopping terrorism, but is a state intervention into communities and groups that the government believes are suspect”.