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23 February 2021 - 05:16

Breaking News ! A 78-year-old vicar has pleaded ‘not guilty’ to a charge of obstruction after she was arrested trying to stop people going to work at the Ministry of Defence headquarters at Abbey Wood, in Bristol. Rev Sue Parfitt said her Christian faith drove her to sit in the road and lock arms with a fellow campaigner on December 11 last year, in a protest about the Ministry of Defence’s contribution to the climate change, carbon emissions and the ‘catastrophic climate emergency we face’. Rev Parfitt was eventually arrested by police when the blockade was dismantled, and taken to Patchway Police Centre and charged, before eventually being released. She appeared at Bristol Magistrates Court last week, and her case was adjourned until April 16. Her fellow protester, Gaie Delap, from Montpelier, was also arrested, and accepted a police caution for obstruction. “When I sat in the road leading to the MoD on December 11, I did so to protest at the Government’s decision to spend twice the amount on the armed forces and their equipment than on measures to slow down the catastrophic climate emergency we face,” said Rev Parfitt. “As a Christian, I am committed to bringing justice to those who suffer injustice in all its forms. That includes climate justice for those suffering the worst effects of climate change now. “Justice is not served by the continuous upgrading of weapons of war, whose carbon emissions are not being included in the UK’s carbon emission figures and which are significantly increasing climate change,” she added. Rev Parfitt said she had to take the action she did to block the road to ‘wake us all up’ to the climate change issue. “We are facing an emergency and we have to use every means at our disposal to wake us all up and call attention to it. “My membership of Christian Climate Action binds me to its principles of resistance to evil, non-violence, and sacrifice. “As a Christian, I follow the radical, prophetic Jesus who laid down His life in order to bring life and justice to others, especially to the poor. “As His follower, I must also be prepared, in some small way, to lay down my life to save the lives of others now and in the future. “I believe that at this critical time of climate emergency we must choose actions that will protect life not weapons of war that lead to destruction and death,” she added.

. In April 2019, she was part of the Extinction Rebellion group from Bristol who occupied Oxford Circus with a big pink boat - and she was later arrested for breaching an order to stay away from the area. She was also arrested and charged after she and fellow veteran Bristol campaigner Phil Kingston glued their hands to a Docklands Light Railway tube train at Shadwell Station in east London as part of Extinction Rebellion's protests in the capital in October 2019. In February last year, she was fined £350 and given a nine-month conditional discharge by a court in London for that Oxford Circus breach. But in September last year, she was arrested again by police for gluing her hand to the gates of Parliament to try to stop Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s car entering with him in it, for Prime Minister’s Questions. Reverend Sue Parfitt An Extinction Rebellion Bristol spokesperson said the case against her for that action was dropped by police because they had already closed the road so she could not be prosecuted for obstructing the highway if the highway had already been closed by police. Ms Delap said she joined Rev Parfitt in blockading the MoD entrance to highlight the 'macabre' situation in Patchway and Filton. "I accompany refugees and asylum seekers to Patchway Police station every Wednesday," she said. "We are a team who provide support and practical help. They come from the many conflict areas of the world, Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and more. "While waiting to have their claim assessed, the Home Office requires them to sign in at Patchway every month. Strange, macabre even , to consider that it is the missiles, bombs and dangers that forced them to flee their homes, that may have been designed and built down the road in Filton. "We need to start joining up the dots. My action at the MOD is intended to draw attention to this situation," she added.

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