From the BBC:
Footage of two members of Extinction Rebellion getting forcibly dragged off of the top of a London train has been circulating online today. The reaction of most people, upon seeing the footage, is “It’s about time!” That was certainly my reaction.
At the same time, I am glad that there were people there who could run into the crowd and keep the protesters from getting too much of a beating. It was a volatile situation. Anyone who has ever had to take the train to work should have known better than to even try a stunt like this.
I think we’re going to start seeing a lot more reactions like this, in both the U.S and the UK. The right to protest is one of the keys to living in a free society but it is hard to have much sympathy for the self-righteous activists who take it upon themselves to shut down roads and, in this case, trains. That form of protest may get a lot of media attention but it also comes across as being incredibly selfish.
That gets to one of the main problems with the environmental movement. It has nothing to do with whether they are right or wrong. Instead the problem is that, for the most part, it is a white, middle-to-upper class movement and the people involved are so high on their own good intentions that they don’t stop to consider that their actions, for the most part, are only effecting people who actually have to work for a living. The media may view a man standing atop a train as a comrade-in-arms but, to the commuters, he is merely a nuisance making an already stressful day even worse. Keeping someone who is trying to feed their family from getting to work on time is hardly speaking truth to power.
What’s concerning is that, at some point, there’s not going to be any police around to rescue the people who get dragged off of the top of the train. What happens then?