LONDON — Police detained over 70 environmental activists that blockaded two British printing crops, interrupting the supply of numerous national papers on Saturday.
The team Extinction Rebellion stated it targeted printworks in Broxbourne, north of London, also Knowsley in northwest England, which are owned by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp.
Dozens of protesters locked themselves and bamboo scaffolding to obstruct the street from the plants.
The team said it had been interrupting the papers” to expose the collapse of the corporations to report about the climate and environmental emergency, and their constant manipulation of the facts to suit their particular political and personal agendas.”
Authorities said they had detained 42 people by Saturday morning in the Broxbourne plant. The other 30 people were detained in Knowsley. Extinction Rebellion stated all remaining protesters ended their presentation at 11 a.m.
Newsprint, which functions the plants, said the demonstration was an”assault on each the free press”
Prime Minister Boris Johnson stated on Twitter which”a free press is essential in holding the government and other powerful institutions to accounts” and it” is unacceptable to seek to restrict the people’s access to information this manner.”
Journalism groups also criticized that the disturbance. Ian Murray, executive director of the Society of Editors, stated calm demonstration was a correct, but”it isn’t acceptable for people who want just their voices to be observed to try to silence others”
Countless individuals are detained.