Sibi was arrested with her mum Kate on 25th April 2019 outside Goldman Sachs during the 2019 April Rebellion. She pleaded guilty to a Section 14 offence and Obstruction of the Highway on 4th October 2019 at City of London Magistrates’ Court and received a six month conditional discharge and £70 court costs.
Sibi talking about her mum Kate:
“I felt really proud when we were together, because I feel a lot of people still haven’t got to the point of understanding about the emergency we’re in. A lot of people are afraid to act and I know we were both afraid in some way, and it’s fine to be afraid, but the fact that we actually got out there and did something, I feel really proud of that. If I had a child I’d want to be doing this with them as well.
It felt important to target the financial district, to send a really strong message. It was something we just really wanted to do.
There were lots of people in court today who said they had tried loads of other ways. They’ve talked to MPs, they’ve stood out with placards. I’ve done that in the past, I’ve done leafleting and talking to people – but its not loud enough. It’s got to the point that we have to put ourselves on the line and we are in a really privileged position to be able to do that. So if our voices are not being heard, our actions can be seen and heard.”
Kate talking about her daughter Sibi:
“When I was giving birth to her I was giving birth to a young person who was likely to be an eco warrior, and that is what she has become and I am absolutely proud of her. I did some protesting in the 1990s and there was never the sort of support you get with Extinction Rebellion, it has great support systems in place.”
Photo credits: Helena Smith