Direct action taken by the Extinction Rebellion group in Bristol has caused a man to miss seeing his dying father for the final time due to the traffic congestion caused. Zoe Jones from the group which is attempt to blockade roads in a number of cities, apologised for the situation but added that “we still believe that we’re doing the right thing”. The man, who has asked not for his identity to be revealed, phoned BBC Radio Bristol to tell his story.
Another incident took place when Brian Salt, a 73-year old local resident who was forced by the group to walk to his destination instead of driving, attacked the Extinction Rebellion’s roadblock and told the group to call the police. The Bristol Post reported that the lady he was collecting was “in tears from the pain” of walking, but the group hadn’t helped her through. The paper reported that Extinction Rebellion hadn’t yet replied to their request for a comment.