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Klimataktivister blocking the parliament by playing dead

About 100 klimataktivister from the Swedish branch of the climate movement Extinction Rebellion bused to Stockholm in the weekend from both Malmö and Gothenburg. The Swedish XR-movement is in its infancy, and the participants are a diverse mix of klimataktivister, environmentalists and a lot of return, individuals who never before had been out on the streets with placards. Extinction Rebellion, which freely translated means utrotningsuppror, requires, among other things, zero-emission of carbon dioxide already in 2025.

" We want the government triggers klimatnödläge. We are now entering a sixth mass extinction and to eradicate the species, several thousand times faster than normal. Our food system is threatened and we risk mass starvation in our lifetime, we must act now, " says Ossian Rossland Lindvall.

At ten o'clock on the Monday was the main square in the Old town full of klimataktivisterna to attract more of the general public to participate in the manifestation that have been marketed heavily in Facebook the last few days.

Image 1 of 6 A hundred klimataktivister from the Swedish branch of the climate movement Extinction Rebellion, the XR has over the weekend bussats to Stockholm from both Malmö and Gothenburg. Photo: Lisa Mattisson Image 2 of 6 Photo: Lisa Mattisson Image 3 of 6 Several pedestrians braved the klimataktionen, and it took painstaking and irritated through the human wall to get to the Old town. Photo: Lisa Mattisson Image 4 of 6 Photo: Lisa Mattisson Image 5 of 6 Photo: Lisa Mattisson Image 6 of 6 Photo: Lisa Mattisson Slideshow

towards the parliament to make a ”die in” and laid down on the ground to play dead. Periodically woke to life to sing Handel's Lascia ch'io pianga, so that it boomed inside the riksdagsväggarna.

Then they formed a human wall with the help of banners in order to effectively prevent any pedestrians who wanted to cross the bridge from the Drottninggatan shopping street to the Old town.

" We want people to stop and reflect on the issue of climate change. Politicians and people have too much of a hurry. Instead of thinking in the short term, we need to think long-term, seven generations forward, " says Paula Richter, responsible for the polisdialogen for Extinction Rebellion.

Far from all of the passers-by accepted the that the be stopped, and took himself with violence through the wall. A man fell when he was forced to rush the klimataktionen and rushed angrily up to the police.

" Is this really legal. I get so upset, the man said indignantly.

to let the demonstrators hold the wall, but after a good hour the man opened a passage on the bridge by allowing the police officers to be human shields so that people could pass.

– It is a demonstration lacks a permit and it is illegal for a man may not stand in the way of people. We're trying to have a dialogue with the participants for you have a constitutional right to demonstrate. This is why we say that only lets people get to get past so they may continue with their demonstration, " says Tomas Koppelman Hellgren, polisinsatschef.

the Police never had to intervene or arrest anyone when the XR-movement, after long discussions in smaller groups landed in not to use violence to stop the gångtrafikanterna on the Riksbron.

yet that civil disobedience is an effective and legitimate tool to influence politicians and the public in the issue of climate change.

" It's all about peaceful civil disobedience. I have been with my dad who has never done civil disobedience before. We want to a gathering critical mass of ordinary people who together must decide how we will reduce our emissions, " said Ossian Rossland Lindvall.

Many passers-by who were said to be klimatförespråkare and not at all 'climate change deniers', reacted strongly to the activists chose to stop pedestrians and not motorists.

– Yes, it is clear that it provokes some affected of to not get the pass, but it is nothing personal against them. It is in the parliament building, the solution must be made and, therefore, is the action right here. The action creates the also discussion, which is the whole purpose, " says Daniel Zetterström, an activist working for Greenpeace and supporting the XR-movement.

The only riksdagspolitikern visible on the ground was miljöpartisten Lorentz Tovatt, who himself had a hard time to get to work. He wanted to not review the action, but took the opportunity that the EU-valskampanja for their party.

" I am not against civil disobedience, however, I do not think that you should block the way for pedestrians in this way. But I am interested to know what they want to do with the climate. I also think that the policy needs to move forward much faster. Within the EU, we must obtain a mandatory utsläppsbudget, build out rail and invest in renewable energy, " says Lorentz Tovatt.

, is a new international climate movement in just half a year had branches in several countries. At the end of last year was a manifestation of a public display of Passing in Stockholm and even then sang to Handel, to protest against the tunnel construction. Earlier in the year stopped the organization of traffic through to block a street at the Kungsträdgården in a klimataktion.

XR-the action took place simultaneously in London and in a hundred places around Europe. In Sweden is expected to more civil olydnadsaktioner the next few days in Gothenburg, Malmö, Lund, Uppsala and Örebro.

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