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A former member and spokesperson for Extinction Rebellion (XR) shared her experience campaigning and working for the activist group.
In his article in The Free Press, published yesterday, talking about his journey in XR which began in 2018, Zion Lights wrote: “During my first training in XR media, I was asked to cry on TV.
“They asked me if I took my children to the climate marches. The whole thing was a masterclass in how to manipulate emotions. We’ve been asked to bring it all back to the climate emergency and how politicians are letting us down. Nothing about solutions or science.
The former XR member added that “there was a healing room in the office, where people could take naps, meditate, or get massages for the volunteers.”
Quoting a socialist’s view of the key elements that define a cult, Ms Lights said: ‘Reporters would often ask me if XR was a cult and I would say no. But it was.”
After leaving XR in June 2020, the band released an announcement stating: “There have been a number of articles in the press over the past few weeks with criticism of Extinction Rebellion by Zion Lights, the band’s UK manager of pro-nuclear pressure Environmental Progress.
“It appears that Lights is engaged in a deliberate public relations campaign to discredit XR.”
ELN contacted XR and Just Stop Oil for comment – the bands did not respond before posting.
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