Hundreds of Extinction Rebellion protesters consider suing police for false imprisonment

Hundreds of Extinction Rebellion (XR) climate activists are considering whether to sue the Metropolitan Police for false imprisonment, after a ban on last month’s protests was found to be unlawful.

Speaking at a UK Environmental Law Association (UKELA) event just hours after the ruling yesterday, XR spokesperson Zion Lights welcomed the “really good news” but said XR would not advise its members with anything specific, saying they would make their own decisions. 

The Metropolitan Police imposed the ban, which prevented two or more people from the group taking part in protests, under the Public Order Act.

However, judges have ruled that the police had no power to do this because the law did not cover "separate assemblies".

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