An Extinction Rebellion protester dragged off a London Underground train by angry commuters has been revealed to be an accounts administrator from Bristol – as his environmental comrades condemn the stunt for ‘jeopardising the movement’.
James Mee, 35, was element of a gang including a Buddhist teacher, a grandfather and a vicar who brought chaos to 3 stations east of the capital: Canning Town, Shadwell and Stratford.
He and Mark Ovland, 36, had been dragged from the major of a Tube train at Canning Town ahead of being roughed up by enraged commuters.
Their actions have led to Extinction Rebellion cancelling its planned Gatwick ‘shutdown’ as members higher up inside the organisation condemn the splinter group for halting trains regardless of a group-wide poll deciding against the stunt.
James Mee, 35, (pictured) was element of a gang which includes a Buddhist teacher, a grandfather and a vicar who brought chaos to 3 stations east of the capital: Canning Town, Shadwell and Stratford
Ovland, left, clambered on major of a train at Canning Town (proper, stood on the left) this morning to unfurl his banner
Mark Ovland was amongst the scantily-clad protesters in the Commons in April (pictured far proper)
Speaking to the Mirror, a senior supply inside the climate protest group, stated: ‘We had been vehemently opposed to it. So it is definitely upsetting for this to come about. This was not an action we help.
‘Despite this, the action has gone ahead, and we really feel that the actions of a handful of protestors have jeopardised our movement, turning public opinion against us, and developing a prospective schism inside our ranks. We are furious that this has occurred.’
Mr Mee kicked out at a man who approached the carriage but was dragged to the platform and roughed up, drawing howls of outrage from Londoners, politicians, union leaders, police, and official XR spokespeople.
One more of the activists who climbed on major of a tube train this morning has been identified as a 36-year-old Buddhist.
Mark Ovland gave up his complete-time Buddhist teacher coaching research earlier this year to join XR as a ‘full time protestor’.
Green Christian Ruth Jarman (left), 56, was also pictured protesting on the network, as she presented help to pensioner Phil Kingston (proper)
Pictured: Jarman at the DLR station in Canning Town, east London, as Phil Kingston glues himself to the carriage
Pictured: Angry commuters pull accounts executive James Mee from the train in Canning Town, east London, yesterday afternoon in ugly scenes
Grandfather-of-4 Phil Kingston (left) glued himself to a DLR carriage in Shadwell, east London, yesterday (proper)
Extinction Rebellion’s statement on the disruption in complete:
‘It is regretful that there was violence at today’s action at Canning Town tube station. We would like to express our sadness that events escalated this way.
‘We are conscious that one particular of our activists responded in self defence in a moment of panic when confronted by a threatening predicament.
‘He acknowledges his accountability for this action and we offer you gratitude for members of the public who helped to guard him.
‘To these that engaged in violence, we acknowledge that we disrupted your life these days.
‘Rather than let this incident divide – at this moment of heightened interest – we believe it is proper to attain out to you, to invite you to have a conversation about what occurred these days.
‘In light of today’s events, Extinction Rebellion will be seeking at methods to bring men and women with each other rather than generate an unnecessary division.
‘The men and women involved these days did not take this action lightly. They had been a grandfather, an ex-Buddhist teacher, a vicar and a former GP amongst other folks who acted out of rational worry for the future as this crisis deepens.
‘We are conscious that this action was divisive. We are a broad and diverse movement with a wide variety of views, and are conscious that a lot of men and women had been not for this action. These that acted this morning planned their action autonomously, inside Extinction Rebellion’s principles and values, centred about nonviolence and compassion.
‘Extinction Rebellion remains totally committed to nonviolence and will continue to place ourselves in vulnerable scenarios to highlight the climate and ecological emergency we face. It is unfortunate that a thing like this has to come about for this to grow to be “newsworthy”.
‘This follows 10 days of peaceful actions in London. Extinction Rebellion’s supporters are ordinary men and women who are attempting desperately to preserve the security and safety of all life on earth.’
He was amongst the scantily-clad protesters in the Commons in April.
Tory MP James Heappey defied Commons guidelines to photograph the dozen men and women, who had slogans which includes ‘climate justice act now’ and ‘eco collapse’ daubed on their backs.
Speaker John Bercow told MPs to ignore the demonstration and continue with the debate as they stood in a line with their backsides pressed against the safety glass.
Other XR campaigners joining him in the Tube action yesterday integrated pensioner Phil Kingston, 83, who earlier this month was pictured standing on major of a fire engine as activists sprayed 1,800 litres of fake blood more than the Treasury.
Self-described Green Christian Ruth Jarman, a 56-year-old vicar, was also pictured protesting on the London Underground network yseterday.
Ovland has currently been arrested and released numerous occasions in the course of XR’s fortnight lengthy campaign to trigger chaos across the capital.
This morning he was amongst protesters who – in a coordinated 3-pronged assault at various stations – scaled tube carriages and glued themselves to train doors in a bid to bring the Underground to its knees.
The Telegraph reported that Ovland has currently been arrested and released ‘several times’ this week.
He was amongst the protesters who sprayed fake blood all more than the Treasury on October three.
The Metropolitan Police have not but confirmed how a lot of occasions Ovland has been arrested and released.
In interviews Ovland describes himself as a complete-time Extinction Rebellion protester who gave up his Buddhist research to devote himself to climate modify action. His actions this morning sparked a firey backlash.
The group’s leaders have named off a planned protest at Gatwick airport ‘in light of’ the response to the Tube disruption and a spokesman stated the group would ‘take stock’ ahead of disrupting the Underground any additional.
British Transport Police slammed the group for placing men and women at danger.
Assistant Chief Constable Sean O’Callaghan stated: ‘Despite our numerous warnings, we are frustrated that Extinction Rebellion place men and women at danger to obstruct solutions on London’s rail network. These who obstructed solutions are in custody and will be dealt with robustly.’
Neighborhood MP Jim Fitzpatrick furiously tweeted: ”So what point is Extinction Rebellion producing shutting down east London’s public transport method, stopping ordinary men and women from finding to perform, college, hospital?’
Downing Street heavily criticised protesters. ‘What we saw this morning did not have something to do with peaceful protest,’ stated the Prime Minister’s spokeswoman.
He was led away by police on October three immediately after XR sprayed the Treasury with fake blood
A spokesman for the Rail, Maritime and Transport union stated: ‘RMT condemns any activity that compromises employees and passenger security on London Underground.’
A poll on the Extinction Rebellion Telegram chat showed 86 per cent of members had been against action targeting the London Underground.
Just 4 per cent authorized of the action, although seven per cent authorized if they could be certain trains would not get blocked underground.