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Extinction Rebellion architect pleads not guilty to public order charge

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An architect has pleaded not guilty to a public order offence following his involvement in the Extinction Rebellion (XR) protests in April

Tom Bennett of Studio Bark was charged with breaching section 14 of the 1986 Public Order Act after his arrest earlier this year for his role in the mass demonstrations highlighting the planet’s growing climate emergency.

Arrested during XR’s blockade of Waterloo Bridge on Saturday 20 April, Bennett was among about 60 climate change activists entering their pleas for similar offences at the City of London Magistrates’ Court on Friday (30 August).

Bennett’s case will be heard at a trial on 13 November.

More than 1,130 people were arrested during the fortnight of protests in April across central London. The City’s magistrates are hearing pleas in blocks of 50 to 60.

Image: Gareth Morris

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  • Glad to see architects are beginning to practice what they preach! Signing a petition is not enough!

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  • Tom
    If needs be I would be happy to gently help with your legal costs, as I'm sure many other architects would be. Perhaps AJ can disseminate this call or a way to contact you to do this. I'm sure there are many who also feel strongly about the need to take decisive action & AJ's Grenfell call did well. Best wishes

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  • Its important to practice what we preach - well done

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  • Good idea Walter...can we raise enough money to get Tom a Top London QC who specialises in this area? The Met are trying to treat XR as a criminal rebellion to overthrow the government, rather than the last resort logical movement that it is to save humanity. Maybe Greta Thunberg can appear as a witness in Tom’s kangaroo court ‘trial’ and turn it into a positive meadia event? We need advocates and counsel for the planet here.

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  • Tom, you have my full support, and happy to help along the lines set out by Walter.

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  • I'll be joining the queue of "arrestables" at the next Rebellion in October. Hoping to see many of my fellow architects there! Best of luck with your trial Tom.

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  • Henry VI, Part 2, Act IV, Scene 2
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    JACK CADE. Valiant I am.

    SMITH [aside]. A must needs; for beggary is valiant.

    JACK CADE. I am able to endure much.

    DICK [aside]. No question of that; for I have seen him whipp'd three market-days together.

    JACK CADE. I fear neither sword nor fire.

    SMITH [aside]. He need not fear the sword; for his coat is of proof.

    DICK [aside]. But methinks he should stand in fear of fire, being burnt i' th' hand for stealing of sheep.

    JACK CADE. Be brave, then; for your captain is brave, and vows reformation. There shall be in England seven half-penny loaves sold for a penny: the three-hoop'd pot shall have ten hoops; and I will make it felony to drink small beer: all the realm shall be in common; and in Cheapside shall my palfrey go to grass: and when I am king,– as king I will be,–

    ALL. God save your majesty!

    JACK CADE. I thank you, good people:– there shall be no money; all shall eat and drink on my score; and I will apparel them all in one livery, that they may agree like brothers, and worship me their lord.

    DICK. The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers.

    Jack CADE. Nay, that I mean to do. Is not this a lamentable thing, that of the skin of an innocent lamb should be made parchment, that parchment, being scribbl'd o'er, should undo a man? Some say the bee stings; but I say 't is the bee's wax, for I did but seal once to a thing, and I was never mine own man since.

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  • For those wishing to express support with a contribution towards legal costs, Tom's crowdfunder just launched and can be found here: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/tom-bennett-xr

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