Extinction Rebellion (XR) is an international movement using non-violent direct action to persuade governments to act on the Climate and Ecological Emergency.
On 31st October 2018, Extinction Rebellion UK announced a Declaration of Rebellion against the UK government. 94 academics supporting this declaration signed a first open letter to the Guardian saying:
When a government willfully abrogates its responsibility to protect its citizens from harm and to secure the future for generations to come, it has failed in its most essential duty of stewardship. The ‘social contract’ has been broken, and it is therefore not only our right, but our moral duty to bypass the government’s inaction and flagrant dereliction of duty, and to rebel to defend life itself.
A second open letter soon followed on December 9th of the same year. These letters did not only resonate in the UK. Within a few weeks XR had spread to lots of other countries, and in January 2019 XR Belgium was formed. Extinction Rebellion is now active in 56 countries, with 645 local groups (and counting) working relentlessly to build this global movement.
On October 12th 2019, XR Belgium came together in our first national mass-mobilisation action: the Royal Rebellion. We occupied the Place Royal in Brussels and organised people's assemblies there on different topics. Police decided to end our action and unfortunately used illegal violence to achieve this. On December 20th, we gathered on the Grand Place to renew our declaration of Rebellion in a collective performance called Extension of the rebellion. The local authorities chose to cover our voices with loud Christmas music. But we will not be silenced.
On January 18th 2020, Extinction Rebellion will swarm the Autosalon in Brussels to tell the truth about the car industry and the environmental and social problems it creates. Please go to https://autosalon.extinctionrebellion.be/ for more info