Extinction Rebellion set to stand outside council offices to call for Citizens Assembly on Covid-19 recovery

Extinction Rebellion Bury St Edmunds and Extinction Rebellion Thetford will have members standing outside West Suffolk House tomorrow, Saturday, May 30, to ask the government for a Citizen’s Assembly as part of the recovery from Covid-19.

In their Facebook event, the group says: “We are at a turning point in human history. The government is driving a return to ‘normal’ as quickly as possible. But ‘normal’ is killing us. Our government has a choice; prioritise profit or prioritise health. Bailout destructive industries or bailout people and the planet. Mass extinction or mass participation. It’s time to trust the people. As part of coronavirus recovery, we demand a binding Citizens Assembly on how to rebuild our economy, our democracy and our future.”

The protest, which is due to take place in Bury at noon, is part of a nationwide event and has been designed so that people are physically distanced at three-metres apart, with everyone being asked to wear masks in order to take part and stand silently for an hour.

Jen Tooke-Marchant, Extinction Rebellion Bury St Edmunds spokesperson said: “As well as exercising our bodies we also exercise our right, under the human rights act, to protest.”

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