An alleged ‘jihadi bride’ appeared in courtroom yesterday in reference to the Extinction Rebellion blockade of newspaper printers.
Natalie Bracht, 45, was seen grinning and elevating her fists within the air after being launched on bail.
She was among 81 individuals arrested in Broxbourne, Hertfordshire, and Knowsley, Merseyside. Home Secretary Priti Patel mentioned that she was ‘disgusted’ by the assault on the Press.
Miss Bracht is pictured grinning and waving her arms within the air as she leaves Stevenage Police station after she was bailed
Yesterday policing minister Kit Malthouse informed MPs: ‘As a Government we will not stand by and allow the livelihoods of hard-working people to be undermined by a minority using the pretence of tackling climate change to impose an extremist world view.’
He mentioned he and the Home Secretary would guarantee police had the ‘powers required to deal with the disruption’.
Miss Bracht is the one particular person to this point to have appeared in courtroom. Those charged over the weekend’s XR protests embrace:
Lizzie Haughton grew up in novelist John Steinbeck’s outdated cottage in Bruton, Somerset, and is now one in every of Extinction Rebellion’s key organisers
1. Lizzie Haughton
She grew up in novelist John Steinbeck’s outdated cottage in Bruton, Somerset, and is now one in every of Extinction Rebellion’s key organisers.
Arrested at Knowsley, the 24-year-old Manchester University pupil is listed as a director of Climate Emergency Action, mentioned to be the corporate that runs XR. In 2018, when Miss Haughton was an officer of Manchester college students’ union, she was arrested within the metropolis for freeway obstruction at a local weather protest.
She and 9 others sat on a pedestrian crossing holding a banner which learn: ‘We’re all f*****’.
Patrick Thelwell was arrested for the primary time in London in 2018 on what the local weather group billed as Rebellion Day
2. Patrick Thelwell
Being arrested for the primary time in London in 2018 on what the local weather group billed as Rebellion Day was ‘the single most rewarding and worthwhile experience of my life’, based on Mr Thelwell, 21.
Working as a gardener in between finding out for a level in politics and worldwide relations at York University, Mr Thelwell – initially from the Wirral – was adopted as a Green Party candidate for May’s native elections, postponed by the pandemic. He was among those charged with aggravated trespass over the Knowsley blockade.
3. Gabriella Ditton
The illustrator, who attended Wymondham College in Norfolk the place boarding charges are £11,500 a yr, says she has devoted herself to ‘non-violent direct action’. Miss Ditton, 26 – who posted a web based picture of herself topless in an allotment to focus on one other environmental trigger – was among those arrested at Broxbourne.
Illustrator Gabriella Ditton, who attended Wymondham College in Norfolk the place boarding charges are £11,500 a yr, says she has devoted herself to ‘non-violent direct action’
4. Hazel Stenson
The registered childminder and mom of 1, 55, of Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, was pictured on an Extinction Rebellion rally in London with the group’s hourglass image on her brow. She has been charged with obstruction of the freeway in Broxbourne.
5. Natalie Bracht
In 2008, Miss Bracht was photographed in Islamic gown when she fled her house in Sunderland with 5 daughters over fears they have been about to be taken into care. They have been present in Munich ready to board a bus heading for Turkey.
Then in 2014 she was reported to have disappeared once more to go to Syria, earlier than being imprisoned and asking to return house in 2018.
Hazel Stenson, 55, a registered childminder and mom of 1, was pictured on an Extinction Rebellion rally in London with the group’s hourglass image on her brow
Miss Bracht mentioned she had by no means even met the IS fighter and had by no means been to Syria.
Speaking to the Mail after she was launched on bail yesterday, she mentioned: ‘The mainstream media have made me a terrorist. I never had anything to do with it.’
Miss Bracht has been charged with blocking the freeway and obstructing a police officer at Broxbourne. She appeared at Luton Magistrates’ Court by way of video hyperlink, however refused to enter a plea or affirm her identify and smiled for a lot of the listening to.
She solely spoke to verify her handle, which she gave as a ‘squat’. District decide Sally Fudge recorded her silence as a not-guilty plea. Miss Bracht informed the Mail she was not ‘connected’ to XR, however mentioned: ‘It looks like the people in this country need help to get their free speech again.’
5. Joel & Miriam Instone
Brother and sister Joel and Miriam Instone have been pictured having fun with a household vacation in Tuscany eight years in the past, however as we speak each are dedicated supporters of Extinction Rebellion.
At his mother and father’ house in Bury, Greater Manchester, Joel, 30, informed the Mail yesterday: ‘This is about a system that exploits working class people in our country.’
He and his sister, 22, have been charged with aggravated trespass in Knowsley.
Brother and sister Joel and Miriam Instone have been charged with aggravated trespass in Knowsley
What irony! ‘Duped’ ex-pr stop… to battle for nuclear
By Guy Adams for the Daily Mail
One of the nice ‘car-crash’ TV interviews of our age occurred in Andrew Neil’s BBC studio round lunchtime on October 9, final yr. The sufferer was a 35-year-old mom of two from Exeter referred to as Zion Lights.
She was showing in her position as ‘chief spokesperson’ for Extinction Rebellion, whose supporters have been at the time doing their finest to carry central London to a grinding halt.
Wearing a chunky necklace and an expression that alternated between abject terror and bemusement, Miss Lights (whose first identify is pronounced ‘Zee-on’) was requested to offer proof to assist the protest group’s headline declare that local weather change will kill ‘billions of people… in the next ten to 20 years.’
After umming and ah-ing for a couple of seconds, it emerged that no such proof exists. There is, she considerably sheepishly confessed, no prospect of world warming contributing to the dying of ‘billions’, and even tens of millions, of individuals in that timescale. The group’s principal declare had, in different phrases, been made up.
Mr Neil then requested his visitor how Extinction Rebellion proposed to realize its essential goal: lowering Britain’s carbon emissions to ‘net zero’ by 2025.
On paper, he identified, such a dramatic shift would require drastic measures together with the confiscation of petrol vehicles, state rationing of meat, the entire finish of all aviation, and the abolition of each gasoline range and heating system in each house in Britain.
Mother-of-two Zion Lights, 35, from Exeter, was interviewed in position as ‘chief spokesperson’ for Extinction Rebellion in Andrew Neil’s BBC studio round lunchtime on October 9 final yr
Miss Lights responded with a shrug. ‘I mean,’ she declared, ‘I’m not right here to provide you options!’ It was, at finest, an odd place to take, given the extremely disruptive protests her group was at that second conducting.
And issues continued on this weird vein for ten minutes. As one newspaper critic later wrote: ‘I have never seen such a laughable presentation by anybody. It would have been far more useful to have a defunct vacuum cleaner placed on the interviewee’s chair.’
Laughable is actually one technique to describe Extinction Rebellion, or at least their declaration that final weekend’s neo-fascist blockade of newspaper print works was a part of a marketing campaign to ‘free the truth’.
Where precisely, one may ask, was the group’s dedication to the ‘truth’ when, as Mr Neil so elegantly uncovered, it was endlessly circulating the false declare that local weather change will kill billions of individuals ‘in the next ten to 20 years’?
This flagrant hypocrisy – there actually isn’t any different technique to describe it – is among the the reason why Zion Lights has, within the months for the reason that interview aired, fallen fairly spectacularly out of affection with the foyer group she as soon as spoke for, and is now working as a spin-doctor for the nuclear business.
More on this later. In the meantime, it needs to be pressured that Miss Lights had initially been a part of the small cohort of Extinction Rebellion activists who at least attempt fairly arduous to practise what they preach.
Unlike lots of the middle-class trustafarians who attend its protests, whereas concurrently indulging in unique holidays, she and her charity employee husband Aaron Cleland have determined to forego all driving and flying, and comply with a strict vegan eating regimen.
In a 2015 guide referred to as The Ultimate Guide to Green Parenting, Miss Lights informed how her daughters Arwyn and Raven (then aged 4 and two) put on second-hand garments, play with ‘upcycled’ toys and books, and are required to attend for the paddling pool to fill with rain water earlier than being allowed to splash round in it.
The guide, among different issues, suggested mother and father to ‘take your placenta home and bury it in the garden, where it will decompose and provide nutrients for anything planted above it,’ carry kids in slings (moderately than utilizing pushchairs) till they’re sufficiently old to stroll, and to ‘make your own cleaning products’ through the use of vinegar and baking soda.
Miss Lights, who can be a broadcast poet, as soon as informed an interviewer how her women eat (vegan) pancakes for breakfast, take pleasure in two hours of ‘wild time’ in nature day by day and are educated at an out of doors ‘forest school’, in addition to having ‘free play’ – unstructured playtime – at house.
‘They are permitted “junk” food in the form of chips made from organic potatoes,’ the interviewer famous, ‘and, occasionally, a low-sugar, vegan ice cream with real chocolate chunks.’
This – only a contact joyless – existence, as soon as noticed her dubbed ‘Britain’s greenest mom’ by the Telegraph.
It additionally contributed to her meteoric rise inside Extinction Rebellion, the place she arrived as a spokesperson final July, and inside two months was appointed editor of the in-house newspaper referred to as the Hourglass, which she claimed was designed ‘to appeal to more comfortable, middle-class people’.
Her Asian heritage was additionally welcome, because it contributed to the variety of an organisation whose main protagonists are, like so many bien pensant Left-wingers, virtually completely white.
Indeed, days after her pummelling at the arms of Andrew Neil, she was namechecked approvingly in a prolonged article within the Guardian – the place else? – which requested: ‘Does Extinction Rebellion have a race problem?’
By then, nevertheless, Zion Lights was within the throes of a dramatic profession volte face that may see her half firm with the foyer group in spectacular style.
The BBC interview had made her realise that Extinction Rebellion was – and nonetheless is – unable to supply any workable options to local weather change, past changing Parliament with ‘citizens’ assemblies’, that may, by some means, give you insurance policies to cease all carbon emissions.
Yet an present answer, she got here to imagine, is staring us within the face. It is nuclear energy, which she describes as a ‘reliable, low-carbon energy source that we can invest in now’.
Many on the Left, the place Miss Lights has spent most of her political life, have after all campaigned vigorously towards the nuclear business for many years.
But, shortly after her encounter with Andrew Neil, she met Michael Shellenberger, a US environmentalist who campaigns towards so-called ‘alarmism’ and for workable options to the local weather disaster, together with the ramping up of nuclear energy.
In June, at the peak of lockdown, she revealed that she had taken a job working Shellenberger’s British marketing campaign group Environmental Progress UK.
In this capability, she is now a vigorous lobbyist for the nuclear business, pushing, for instance, for the creation of the mooted Sizewell C nuclear energy station in Suffolk, which she says will produce 7 per cent of Britain’s electrical energy, and save 9 million tonnes of carbon emissions per yr.
‘For many years I was sceptical of nuclear power,’ Miss Lights introduced. ‘Surrounded by anti-nuclear activists, I had allowed fear of radiation, nuclear waste and weapons of mass destruction to creep into my subconscious… I realised I had been duped into anti-science sentiment all this time.’
Since then, she’s ‘parted ways’ along with her outdated pals and turn into Extinction Rebellion’s first double agent.
‘The facts didn’t actually change, however as soon as I understood them, I did change my thoughts,’ was how she put it.
Perhaps this weekend’s efforts to censor the information media represents the protest group’s manner of creating positive extra of its free-thinking supporters don’t additionally change their thoughts.