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UK Jury Clears Extinction Rebellion Activists Who Blocked Rush-Hour Train

A jury has cleared three Extinction Rebellion activists who caused 77 minutes of disruption to a rush-hour train in central London in 2019. Shortly before 7 a.m. on Oct. 17, 2019, Philip Kingston, 85, super-glued his hand to a Docklands Light Railway (DLR) train at Shadwell Station, while Sue Parfitt, 79, and Martin Newell, 54, climbed on the roof and said prayers for the planet. Despite causing 15 trains to be delayed or cancelled, the trio were unanimously acquitted on Jan. 14 by a jury at Inner London Crown Court of obstructing the railway. The three activists, who are members of Christian Climate Action, a group within Extinction Rebellion, said they were strongly motivated by their Christian faith. But Conservative MP Brendan Clarke-Smith said he does not see their action as being “a particularly Christian thing to do.” “The selfish actions and egos of these individuals prevented people from getting …

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