Veteran campaigner Swampy praises Extinction Rebellion protesters

A veteran eco-warrior who made his name during a series of environmental campaigns in the 1990s has said the Extinction Rebellion protests gives him “hope”.

Daniel Hooper, 46, who was known as Swampy, became a national figure after living underground for a week in a tunnel protesting against the rerouting of the A30 in Devon.

Hooper, who now lives in West Wales, was also involved in a series of high-profile environmental campaigns, also targeting the M11, Newbury bypass and Manchester Airport.

He told ITV News: “My beliefs are the same as they always were and I did have a quiet 10 years, almost to the point where you have apathy towards how we can change things, then Extinction Rebellion started happening.

“You think there is hope and I believe there is hope and now everyone need to think about what we are doing, governments needs to change, companies need to change.

Extinction Rebellion protests
Protesters who have set up camp on Whitehall during an Extinction Rebellion (XR) protest (Kirsty O’Connor/PA)

“We need People’s Assemblies to decide what to do, this is a state of emergency.”

Hooper had earlier been fined £40 and ordered to pay £85 costs and a £32 surcharge after appearing before magistrates in Haverfordwest.

He pleaded guilty to wilful obstruction of a highway after blocking a road to the Valero Pembroke Refinery during a protest last month.

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