Angie Zelter, 68, wanted judge to take ‘urgency of the climate emergency’ into account

The first person to face trial over the Extinction Rebellion protests in April has been found guilty of a minor public order offence for blocking a road in central London.

Angie Zelter, 68, was given a conditional discharge at Hendon magistrates court on Tuesday after being arrested for lying in the road near Parliament Square on 17 April. She had been taking part in protests in which thousands of people blocked key sites across the capital over 10 days to highlight the escalating climate emergency.

Extinction Rebellion is an international protest group that uses non-violent civil disobedience to campaign on environmental issues. 

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