Extinction Rebellion activists have chained themselves together at the entrance of the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities in London to protest against a new coalmine in Cumbria approved by its secretary, Michael Gove.
“I find it completely unacceptable that at a time like this government are still making these decisions, so we are here to say cut the ties to fossil fuels," said Sarah Hart, 41, from Farnborough, Hampshire, who was one of the protest that laid on the floor outside the main doors to the department.
The protest comes weeks after Extinction Rebellion issued a press release declaring: “We quit”, which some interpreted as an admission of defeat. Activists clarified that the message only applied to actions disrupting the public, and only temporarily, as they try to build support beyond their radical base for mass protests in April.
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