Three Extinction Rebellion activists plead guilty to mischief

Three Extinction Rebellion activists plead guilty to mischief
Three Extinction Rebellion activists plead guilty to mischief

Yann Robitaille, Chantal Poulin and Mélanie Dupuis had climbed into the structure at the height of rush hour in the morning to denounce the inaction of governments in the face of climate change.

At the time, it seemed to me that it was the best thing to do, but today, I realize more the consequences of my gesture. I had my bang and I do not intend to do it again.

Chantal Poulin

Yann Robitaille for his part said that he regretted the consequences of their action on the traffic that morning. It was not our original intention. We wanted to draw attention to a situation that is still relevant today.

The police control the bridge while above in the structure, the militants try to deploy their banner.

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Photo: Radio-Canada / Ivanoh Demers

Their brilliant gesture had resulted in the closure of the bridge for more than an hour and a monster traffic jam. They had climbed the bridge frame at dawn, briefly unfurled a banner and gave a speech that was broadcast live on .

The three activists were quickly joined by a team of high-altitude rescue specialists made up of firefighters and police from the Sûreté du Québec (SQ). The police operation to dislodge them had required long hours and the closure of the bridge in the middle of the morning rush hour.

A global movement

The parties suggested receiving a conditional discharge, along with one year probation and 240 hours of community service. The judge took the case under advisement until Wednesday.

By receiving an absolution, activists hope to limit the damage to their careers. Two of them are teachers and the other wishes to pursue a career in massage therapy.

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Their gesture was part of a series of punches initiated by Extinction Rebellion over two weeks in October 2019. Extinction Rebellion denounced in particular the Trans Mountain and LNG Saguenay oil and gas pipeline projects.

The Extinction Rebellion movement has sparked other stunts elsewhere in Canada and in many cities around the world.

Extinction Rebellion was born in the United Kingdom at the end of 2018, on the initiative of academics in particular, and is inspired by the strategy of struggle for civil rights in the United States, in the 1960s. has expanded through social networks and says today it brings together 500 groups in 72 countries.

With information from Geneviève Garon

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