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Eco-protest Group Extension Rebellion Faces Severe Backlash For Writing 'prison Is Like A Yoga Retreat'; Takes Down The Post

Written By Suchitra Karthikeyan | Mumbai | Published:

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  • Environmental protest group Extension rebellion has issued an actual 'online prison guide' which has described the good features of prison describing that 'prison is like a yoga retreat.
  • Extension rebellion - a non-violent, civil disobedience movement for Climate breakdown, primarily aim at non-violent disruption resulting in arrest in order to highlight the risk posed by climate change
  • The group has apologized for its inaccurate and misleading post and taken it down, after severe backlash from civil right lawyers and activists

The famous writer P.G Wodehouse had once chalked up a pros/cons of prison in which he had written, "I'll be able to whack up some sort of indoor game with the cake of soap and hymnbook (provided by the jail)."

While he wrote to generate a few laughs (which he did), Environmental protest group Extension rebellion has issued an actual 'online prison guide' which has described the good features of prison describing that 'prison is like a yoga retreat.'

The post which was published on their website and later deleted has earned severe backlash from civil rights activists for its wording spreading misinformation about risks in prison almost making it sound almost therapeutic.

Extension rebellion - a non-violent, civil disobedience movement for Climate breakdown as they call themselves, primarily aim to cause non-violent disruption resulting in arrest in order to highlight the risk posed by climate change.

Recently, three protesters have been charged and put on remand for a month for climbing on top of a train in Canary Wharf station with a poster reading 'Business as usual = Death.'

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The group had posted an online prison guide for its global volunteers which advised its protesters in custody to 'have plenty of good literature and to use the time to exercise and do yoga.' It had also claimed that they could take in reading, writing and art materials to swap with other activist inmates and that 'they could take as many naps as they want!'

Here is part of the deleted post:

Civil rights have severely condemned this piece of misinformation that 'most prison officers are black and do not wish to give you a hard time'. Contradictory to the group's claim,  94% of prison officers in England and Wales were white as of March 2018, claim civil rights experts.

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Lawyer and anti-prison activist Eda Seyhan has commented, "Prison is not - and I cannot stress this enough - a yoga retreat. I have spent enough time in police stations and prisons to know that violence and discrimination are rife - no amount of yoga or meditation can change that," reports an international news blog.

The group has apologized for its inaccurate and misleading post and taken it down. 

A spokesperson for Extinction Rebellion apologized for the post saying: "We are aware that the experience of the contributors is not reflective of many who have experienced the criminal justice system. We have now taken it down and are in the process of reviewing it. We would like to apologise for the wording used in this document."

 
   

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