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Sarah Everard vigil: Extinction Rebellion sparks calls to ‘defund the police’

Extinction Rebellion UK tweeted: “We are shocked and horrified by scenes at Clapham Common. Shame on you.  Solidarity with all women, Reclaim These Streets, Defund The Police.”

A follower of Extinction Rebellion UK replied to the tweet saying, “how many times do we have to demand the police are defunded before it actually happens, reform now.”

However, one follower of Extinction Rebellion UK replied: “The police are already underfunded.

“What they are doing is trying to disperse a crowd of people.

“Of course when those people resist they will arrest them the police are just trying to do their jobs.”

READ MORE: Sarah Everard: Wayne Couzens remanded in custody

Speaking in the Daily Telegraph Lord Woodcock said the UK must also “take notice” of the far right.

He also added the left has been “overstepping the mark into antisocial behaviour”.

He said: “We must be vigilant against a similar blind spot in Britain to the prospect of progressive extremism.

“That is the unacceptable disruption or even violence carried out in the name of progressive causes.”

Lord Woodcock named Extinction Rebellion (XR) that oversteps into “anti‑social” behaviour.

One Twitter follower of Extinction Rebellion said: “It wouldn’t surprise me that this ‘peaceful protest’ was hijacked by trouble makers, considering Lockdown restrictions are still in place.”

Tonight Priti Patel tweeted: “Some of the footage circulating online from the vigil in Clapham is upsetting.

“I have asked the Metropolitan Police for a full report on what happened.

“My thoughts remain with Sarah’s family and friends at this terrible time.”

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