Press Release

Avalon activists participated in the blockade of Ferraz Street organised by Extinction Rebellion Spain

Sixty activists from XR Spain blocked the seat of the new government’s party to demand the declaration of climate emergency

After the non-violent direct action of 15th April, in which we blocked the international headquarters of the Spanish oil corporation Repsol, Avalon activists were again part of an Extinction Rebellion action group, this time to demand the new Spanish government the declaration of Climate Emergency.

At 9:30 am on Wednesday, 5th June, and on the occasion of the World Environment Day, 60 activists of XR Spain blocked Ferraz Street in Madrid, in front of the headquarters of the Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party, causing a collapse in the traffic of vehicles in the area.

After the arrival of several police vans and the subsequent negotiation, and given that XR activists did not lift the blockade, not even before the threats from the head of the police operation, Socialist Party officials agreed to meet with the spokespersons of XR Spain and promised to arrange a meeting with those responsible for the environment area of the new government.

While waiting for further steps, it can be firmly stated that the action was a success, if we also take into account that the cost in fines will be much lower than originally estimated. In any case, they will also be appealed.

Warning in social media few minutes after the starting of our action

XR Spain non-violent direct action was covered by the most of the big media and news agencies in Spain, such as Europa Press, Agencia EFE, La Sexta, ABC, Infolibre, El Diario, Público, El Periódico, El Confidencial, Diario 16, El Salto Diario y Madrid Diario. To highlight the complicit silence of other media among whose investors are multinational drivers of climate change and extinction of species.

The best information on video was offered, it must be said, by HispanTV. You can watch this video below.