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A Declaration of Civil Resistance

This Government is making the criminal decision to destroy people’s lives by supporting fossil fuel companies to maintain their grip around the throat of humanity.

Thousands and thousands of people will die in Britain this winter unable to heat their homes, more  will die in the next 12 months from breathing dirty, polluted air. 

And right now in the global south millions are on the brink of starvation as a single, deadly monsoon has destroyed their homes, communities and livelihoods. 

We are gambling with ordered civil society and right now the odds are stacked against us surviving. We are done with asking politely. We are done with demonstrations and marches. We are done with the corrupt political establishment.

We declare Westminster a site of nonviolent civil resistance until the government commits to end new oil and gas. 

This is not a one day event, this is an act of resistance against a criminal government and their genocidal death project. Our supporters will be returning – today – tomorrow- and the next day – and the next day after that – and every day until our demand is met – no new oil and gas in the UK

We will not stand by while everything we know and love is wilfully destroyed. We do this because it is the right thing to do and so we have a duty, a responsibility to continue.

We will not be intimidated by changes to the law, we will not be stopped by private injunctions sought to silence peaceful people. Our supporters understand that these are irrelevant when set against mass starvation, slaughter, the loss of our rights, freedoms and communities.

Ordinary people are being held in prison right now, people who looked around and realised that it was up to them to act, students, mothers, grandparents. They did the right thing.

In prison for stepping up into civil resistance with Just Stop Oil are: Louis McKechnie, Joshua Smith, Sarah Benn, Michelle Charlesworth, Barry Mitchell, Simon Milner-Edwards, Rajan Naidu, and Margaret Reid. 

Also held for acts of non-violent civil resistance taken to protect humanity are: Scott Breen and Elliott Cuciurean

Stand with our supporters in prison and with the 1,700 murdered across the global south for protecting our futures. We will not die silently, it will be ordinary people, like you, your friends, colleagues and neighbours who do what our government cannot. It will take all of us.