Over 100 women dressed as Suffragettes gathered outside Southwark Crown Court on Friday to support seven protesters who smashed windows during an Extinction Rebellion climate protest.
The women were spared jail and handed suspended sentences for smashing the windows of Barclays’ London headquarters to draw attention to the bank’s role in financing the climate crisis.
Actor Juliet Stevenson and Helen Pankhurst, the great-granddaughter of Suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst, addressed crowds at the rally before the hearing.
Drawing parallels between the consequences and vitriol faced by the Suffragettes and Extinction Rebellion, Pankhurst told The Big Issue: “They are both socially marginalised, made fun of, considered to be extremists, and legally silenced, and yet they stand up for justice in the way the Suffragettes did.”
She added: “I think it’s easy to admire the radical campaigners of the past while at the same time not seeing the parallels with the present, and calling that out, calling the hypocrisy out, is really important.”
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