Posters have appeared claiming to be from a branch of Extinction Rebellion saying: ‘Corona is the cure, humans are the disease’.
The posters were shared on Twitter by a group claiming to represent XR East Midlands, with the caption: ‘Earth is healing. The air and water is clearing. Corona is the cure. Humans are the disease!’
However, other branches of the protest group have distanced themselves from the sentiment.
A spokeswoman for XR UK responded saying: ‘This account is not managed by Extinction Rebellion UK or Extinction Rebellion East Midlands, and these messages are in no way a representation of the principles and values held by the movement and so are not the movement. We are investigating this now.’
Other regional XR groups also commented beneath the tweet condemning it.
Extinction Rebellion Sheffield said: ‘Please reconsider this! The message does not follows XR’s principles and values – in this movement we fight for the protection of all life. Humans are not the disease. The system that we have built may be toxic but we are beautiful.’
Extinction Rebellion Cardiff Students said: ‘Is this real? Implying the Earth is healing because of a pandemic which primarily kills vulnerable people is saying you’re okay for those people to die for pollution cuts.
‘That is eco fascism. Please remove and have a media and messaging meeting in your group about this.’
But the original tweeters hit back, claiming: ‘EcoFascism would be to use the *state* to force people to live in accord with Eco principles.
‘So this is not anything to do with “Fascism”. We are pointing out that nature seeks balance, and from the perspective of the Earth, humans act like a disease. The idea is not to be.
They were accused of setting up a fake account to discredit Extinction Rebellion.
Suzanne Savage, who represents the Extinction Rebellion Midlands branch, told ITV News she had reported them to Twitter and taken legal advice.
She said: ‘The views expressed in the tweets by the fake account are contrary to Extinction Rebellion’s principles and values, and we entirely disassociate ourselves from anything posted there.’
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