Almost 300 Arrested In Climate Change Protests In London

17 Avril, 2019, 15:24 | Auteur: Therese Cote
  • The road is blocked by demonstrators during a climate protest at Marble Arch in London Tuesday

Two environmental activists climbed onto the roof of a train in London's Canary Wharf financial district on Wednesday as part of a third day of action to force Britain to take more radical measures to avert climate change. Another activist glued himself to the side of the train.

Police have said 290 people had been arrested in connection with the demonstrations, with many of these at Waterloo Bridge.

After Extinction Rebellion threatened to disrupt the city's public transport network, Transport for London disabled wifi on the underground at the request of the British Transport Police.

Climate Extinction Rebellion have caused massive disruption around the United Kingdom in the last few weeks.

Extinction Rebellion is an worldwide protest group that uses non-violent civil disobedience to campaign on environmental issues.

Protesters stand behind their banner blocking a road near Parliament Square in central London.

Extinction Rebellion said in a statement: "Our aim is to create moments in time when humanity stops and fully considers the extent of the harm we have done and are doing to life on earth".

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"The safety of our customers and staff is our number one priority and we're already working closely with the police to manage the impact on London's transport network".

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London mayor Sadiq Khan said he was "extremely concerned" about protesters' plans to disrupt the underground on Wednesday.

In a statement posted on Twitter he said: "It is absolutely crucial to get more people using public transport, as well as walking and cycling, if we are to tackle this climate emergency - and millions of Londoners depend on the Underground network to get about their daily lives in our city".

The events in London are part of an global "climate rebellion" organised by Extinction Rebellion.

The timing of the protest will coincide with the significant numbers of people who plan to leave Dublin for the Easter bank holiday weekend. In The Hague on Tuesday, activists occupied the global criminal court building.

Yesterday the Metropolitan Police warned the protests had closed 55 bus routes and affected half a million people.

Extinction Rebellion was formed in the United Kingdom previous year and held its first civil disobedience protests in London in November.

Police said they expected the demonstrations to continue in coming weeks and had to strike the right balance between allowing the right to peaceful protest while ensuring disruption was kept at a minimum.

Campaigners want governments to declare a climate and ecological emergency, reduce greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2025, halt biodiversity loss and be led by new "citizens' assemblies on climate and ecological justice".

"In order to impose this condition, the Met required evidence that serious disruption was being caused to communities in London".

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