‘Not the usual suspects’ – novice activists of ‘Rebellion Day’ at Westminster Bridge, London on 17 November 2018

On November 17, 2018, Extinction Rebellion blocked five of the main bridges in London. Here are some of the ordinary but awakened people who participated in non-violent direct action for the first time. To them, the crisis is here and now. To them, the bear is not lumbering about in the yard, but in the house, in their children’s room.

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By Ruth Davey, ruth@look-again.org (© Ruth Davey / Look Again 2018, http://www.look-again.org)

Photographer Ruth Davey volunteered to photograph Extinction Rebellion’s Rebellion Day on 17 November 2018. She spent most of the day on Westminster Bridge before moving to Parliament Square for the multi faith celebratory closing ceremony. She decided to focus on people who had never been on a demonstration of this kind before and was curious as to why they came along to perform an act of civil disobedience – illegally blocking a public highway. She is fairly new to Extinction Rebellion herself although she did cover a roadblock a few weeks ago in her hometown of Stroud, Gloucestershire.

Here protestors explain why they spent the day on Westminster Bridge.

tomhardy

Tom Hardy, 64, education consultant and retired teacher

“I am here for the future of my children. I have never done this before.”

HeatherBower

Heather Bower 53, civil servant

“I…

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