Extinction Rebellion block London roads in climate protest, pictures

15 Avril, 2019, 19:13 | Auteur: Therese Cote

Climate change activists are causing gridlock in London by blocking major roads and junctions, including Waterloo Bridge over the Thames.

Thousands of people are expected to take the streets of London on Monday, blocking traffic and disrupting "business as usual" in the capital to demand action over the escalating ecological crisis.

It is calling on the government to reduce carbon emissions to zero by 2025 and establish a citizens' assembly to devise an emergency plan of action similar to that seen during the second world war.

Extinction Rebellion (XR), an environmentalist group responsible for causing scenes in the House of Commons earlier this month when semi-naked activists stripped off in Parliament as MPs tried to debate Brexit, claim they intend to occupy the roads for at least 72 hours.

Eighty-five people were arrested in London in November when thousands of protesters, including families and pensioners, occupied five bridges. They have left us with no other option.

The group said it planned to "bring London to a standstill for up to two weeks", and wanted the government to take urgent action to tackle climate change.

Speaking at a meditation on the eve of the protests, Dr Williams said humans had declared war on nature.

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"We don't want to disrupt people, but our government's failure over the last 30 years leaves us no choice", an Extinction Rebellion spokesperson said.

Organisers said: "The International Rebellion begins and Extinction Rebellion will be bringing London to a standstill for up to two weeks".

Activists gathered at Hyde Park yesterday and were encouraged to camp there overnight before a march towards Piccadilly Circus today.

A spokeswoman for The Royal Parks said Extinction Rebellion had not asked for permission to begin the protest in the park and that camping is not allowed. No arrests have been made.

The Metropolitan Police have said they have "appropriate" plans in place and that officers will be used "to support the public order operation during the coming weeks".

Police have advised people travelling into London to allow extra journey time.

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