Despite the ban imposed by the mayor’s office on Friday, climate activist group Extinction Rebellion will carry on as planned for their Monday, 7 October protest in Amsterdam.
As part of its “Rebels Without Borders” campaign, Extinction Rebellion plans to block traffic on the busy Stadhouderskade. With the mayor’s description of the action as a “coercive measure” that hinders others in their freedom of movement, the action is officially one of “civil disobedience” with an estimated 1000+ participants involved.
“Nothing will change for us. We use civil disobedience to force the government to do something about the climate. We do not prevent emergency exits and emergency services can divert to other roads, that is also done on this part of the road in the Amsterdam Marathon,” says the group’s spokesperson Ernst Jan Kuiper.
According to Extinction Rebellion, the action will be “as long as necessary. This can take days or weeks,” as many participants are expected to, at least, stay the night if not maintain the blockade of Stadhouderskade for days.
The Amsterdam action is just part of a worldwide action initiative from the non-violent climate awareness organization with large scale activities expected in Berlin, London, Melbourne, Cape Town, Delhi, Buenos Aires, and more. In drawing from the non-violent tradition of Ghandi and Martin Luther King Jr, Extinction Rebellion calls for a threefold set of climate demands from the Dutch and International governments:
- Tell the Truth about the climate and ecological crisis that threatens our existence and communicate the urgency for change.
- Act Now to halt biodiversity loss and reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero by 2025 in a just and fair manner.
- Let Citizens Decide by establishing a Citizen’s Assembly which takes the lead on climate and ecological justice.