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Now Extinction Rebellion agree to STOP protesters from disrupting the London Marathon

Extinction Rebellion has agreed to stop protesters from disrupting the London Marathon after organisers struck a deal with the eco-zealots to help gua

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Extinction Rebellion has agreed to stop protesters from disrupting the London Marathon after organisers struck a deal with the eco-zealots to help guard the race from their affiliates at Just Stop Oil.

The surprise arrangement came after event director Hugh Brasher sat down in a meeting with XR yesterday where the group were ‘very clear’ on wanting to ‘engage the general public in a different way’.

The eco-mob is itself plotting a huge protest in the centre of the capital from Friday to Monday, with organisers fearing that as many as 30,000 supporters could be in the Westminster area for the ‘final stretch’ of the marathon on Sunday.

XR’s programme for the protests initially stated that ‘the final stretch of the London Marathon will intersect with’ its rally, ‘providing an opportunity to connect with and support those running in the marathon for causes amplified by the climate crisis’.

But now Mr Brasher said the group are looking to ‘protect what is one of the crown jewels of British sport.

Extinction Rebellion has agreed to stop protesters from disrupting the London Marathon after organisers struck a deal with the eco-zealots to help guard the race from their alliances at Just Stop Oil

Extinction Rebellion has agreed to stop protesters from disrupting the London Marathon after organisers struck a deal with the eco-zealots to help guard the race from their alliances at Just Stop Oil

Extinction Rebellion has agreed to stop protesters from disrupting the London Marathon after organisers struck a deal with the eco-zealots to help guard the race from their alliances at Just Stop Oil 

The eco-mob is plotting a huge protest in the capital from Friday to Monday, with organisers fearing that as many as 30,000 supporters could be in the Westminster area for the 'final stretch' of the marathon on Sunday.

The eco-mob is plotting a huge protest in the capital from Friday to Monday, with organisers fearing that as many as 30,000 supporters could be in the Westminster area for the 'final stretch' of the marathon on Sunday.

The eco-mob is plotting a huge protest in the capital from Friday to Monday, with organisers fearing that as many as 30,000 supporters could be in the Westminster area for the ‘final stretch’ of the marathon on Sunday.

The event director told The Guardian on Wednesday: ‘They will be uniquely asking all their participants to help guard the TCS London Marathon. To do something that is quite unique in their history – to protect what is one of the crown jewels of British sport.

‘It is one of the crown jewels because the everyday person is competing and running those 26.2 miles at the time as Eilish McColgan, Sir Mo Farah, and when the greatest women’s endurance race in the history of our sport is taking place.

‘The London Marathon is unique,’ he added. ‘We run for clean air. That is so important in what we do. The environment is part of our DNA. And Extinction Rebellion has been very, very clear that they are in a new phase of wanting to engage the general public in a different way.’ 

London Marathon organisers had urged spectators to watch the iconic race from home amid fears of disruption. 

Mr Brasher had advised people to ‘watch the marathon from other locations and avoid the Parliament Square area on the day’, as the square and ‘immediate surrounding area’ will be ‘very busy’.

It came as Energy Secretary Grant Shapps condemned XR for risking ‘creating massive disruption’ to the marathon.

Just Stop Oil, which disrupted the World Snooker Championship on Monday, would not say whether it plans to target the race.

Mr Brasher admitted that organisers had fears other groups were looking to cause similar disruption to that seen at the Grand National and World Snooker Championship this past week.

The unique arrangement came after event director Hugh Brasher (pictured) sat down in a meeting with Extinction Rebellion on Wednesday where the group were 'very clear' on wanting to 'engage the general public in a different way'

The unique arrangement came after event director Hugh Brasher (pictured) sat down in a meeting with Extinction Rebellion on Wednesday where the group were 'very clear' on wanting to 'engage the general public in a different way'

The unique arrangement came after event director Hugh Brasher (pictured) sat down in a meeting with Extinction Rebellion on Wednesday where the group were ‘very clear’ on wanting to ‘engage the general public in a different way’

Mr Brasher admitted that organisers had fears other groups were looking to cause similar disruption to that seen at the Grand National and World Snooker Championship this past week (pictured)

Mr Brasher admitted that organisers had fears other groups were looking to cause similar disruption to that seen at the Grand National and World Snooker Championship this past week (pictured)

Mr Brasher admitted that organisers had fears other groups were looking to cause similar disruption to that seen at the Grand National and World Snooker Championship this past week (pictured) 

Militant animal rights activists Animal Rising stormed Aintree Racecourse in Liverpool after posing as racegoers, delaying the race as they were tackled by officials and officers

Militant animal rights activists Animal Rising stormed Aintree Racecourse in Liverpool after posing as racegoers, delaying the race as they were tackled by officials and officers

Militant animal rights activists Animal Rising stormed Aintree Racecourse in Liverpool after posing as racegoers, delaying the race as they were tackled by officials and officers 

Militant animal rights activists Animal Rising stormed Aintree Racecourse in Liverpool after posing as racegoers, delaying the race as they were tackled by officials and officers.

And Just Stop Oil activists Edred Whittingham, 25, and his comrade Margaret Reid, 52, forced a World Championship snooker match at the Crucible to be cancelled after he leaped on a table and threw orange powder all over it. She failed to pull the same stunt after the referee stopped her.

Mr Brasher said he is looking to speak to Just Stop Oil, who intervened in last year’s race, in the next 24 hours to try ‘not to stop a race that raised £58.4million for charity last year’.

He explained that he is reaching out to the group after XR provided the contacts to speak to, adding that it ‘goes back to working together’ and will ask for help to protect the race ‘because of the good it does in society’.

XR co-founder Clare Farrell insisted the group has ‘no intention to disrupt their event’.

In a statement, she said: ‘We have been in dialogue with the marathon organisers since November to make sure we can hold both events at the same time and support one another.

Initially, London Marathon organisers were urging spectators to watch the iconic race from home this year, amid fears that XR will try to disrupt the course

Initially, London Marathon organisers were urging spectators to watch the iconic race from home this year, amid fears that XR will try to disrupt the course

Initially, London Marathon organisers were urging spectators to watch the iconic race from home this year, amid fears that XR will try to disrupt the course

Mr Brasher had advised people to 'watch the marathon from other locations and avoid the Parliament Square area on the day', as the square and 'immediate surrounding area' will be 'very busy'

Mr Brasher had advised people to 'watch the marathon from other locations and avoid the Parliament Square area on the day', as the square and 'immediate surrounding area' will be 'very busy'

Mr Brasher had advised people to ‘watch the marathon from other locations and avoid the Parliament Square area on the day’, as the square and ‘immediate surrounding area’ will be ‘very busy’

‘We have reassured them that we have no intention to disrupt their event.

‘We both acknowledged that the charities and campaigns groups that runners are supporting are unequivocally in favour of acting against climate collapse.

‘In an emergency, as we are, we must find a way to share the London streets as we all want to support charity but we also need to hold government to account.

‘Unlike our Government, the marathon organisers are happy to have an adult conversation about the situation and how to work together.’

On Tuesday, her fellow XR activist, Marijn van de Geer, said: ‘Having 30,000 people in the Westminster area may cause some logistical disruption, and there is of course also the London Marathon happening as well, so it is going to be nice and busy in central London over the weekend.’

XR’s programme for the protests states that ‘the final stretch of the London Marathon will intersect with’ its rally, ‘providing an opportunity to connect with and support those running in the marathon for causes amplified by the climate crisis’.

XR’s planned four-day protest is supported by more than 200 organisations, including Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth and the PCS union.

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