The Protesters Are Coming: Extinction Rebellion Wants to Shut Down London Fashion Week 

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LONDON — First it was the antifur protesters, with their megaphones, intimidation of show guests and stuffed animals smeared with fake blood. But that’s nothing compared to what Extinction Rebellion or XR, the climate change activists, might have in store for London Fashion Week, which runs from Sept. 13 to 17.
The group has received big-ticket donations — directly and indirectly — from the likes of Aileen Getty, Joe Corré, Lush Cosmetics and the band Radiohead. A few of the activists have even appeared in Stella McCartney’s latest ad campaign, but they’ve still vowed to shut down London Fashion Week to raise awareness about the environmental costs of the industry — and urge the British Fashion Council to set up a summit to address these issues.
They are peaceful, but they don’t do things half-heartedly: In April, XR occupied Oxford Circus, blocking movement and footfall on some of London’s busiest streets. The business lobby New West End Company said retailers and businesses in the area lost an estimated 12 million pounds in two days due to the protests.
That same month, they also made headlines climbing onto a train at Canary Wharf station, while others chained themselves to Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s house, despite

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