Extinction Rebellion to set off fire alarms and air raid sirens for the "12 days of crisis"

22 November 2019, 11:59 | Updated: 22 November 2019, 14:40

Extinction Rebellion brought London to a standstill over the summer
Extinction Rebellion brought London to a standstill over the summer. Picture: PA
Rachael Venables

By Rachael Venables

Extinction Rebellion plans to 'set off alarms' in public buildings, kick-starting "12 days of crisis" in the run-up to December's General Election, according to plans seen by LBC.

In group chats, the climate change campaigners also discuss plans to buy air raid sirens, setting them off early in the morning inside locked boxes.

They also plan to raise flags on town halls, council buildings and other landmarks on 1st December "with or without permission".

The activists discuss setting off fire alarms
The activists discuss setting off fire alarms. Picture: LBC News

In the messages on Telegram, seen by LBC News, organisers revealed: "For max disruption, you could set the siren off and then leave it in some locked box or container. Would be good in prominent places like outside Parliament, Downing St etc.

"Give Boris and early wake-up alarm."

Another added that it could be a locked box, glued to the road to make it more difficult to remove.

Just some of the messages on the secure Telegram chat
Just some of the messages on the secure Telegram chat. Picture: LBC

Another activist raised the option of setting off fire alarms in office buildings. He said: "Could setting off fire alarms in certain buildings perhaps be made part of this action? Enter building, eg. a bank or govt office and set off the fire alarm.

"Employees file out and they get to hear climate emergency speeches from XR people with megaphones."

Not everyone was behind the plan. One activist warned the sirens could backfire by scaring the public.

One of the messages about air raid sirens in the secret Telegram group
One of the messages about air raid sirens in the secret Telegram group. Picture: LBC News

He said: "I really like the idea of raising the flag and raising the alarm, but I worry that literally setting off air raid sirens will scare loads and loads of people and might do more harm than good.

"I know for sure that if I was in town and heard an air raid siren go off, that I would run for cover."

The messages from the secret chat group
The messages from the secret chat group. Picture: LBC News

But other campaigners shrugged off the concerns, saying: "I know what you mean, but I mean, the planet is dying - that is f****** scary!"

When contacted by LBC News for a response to the claims, a spokesperson for Extinction Rebellion said: “The group stress no actions have been finalised yet”

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