Protesters' die-in at Natural History Museum

Katie Ramirez
April 23, 2019

London's Mayor Sadiq Khan said the protest had bitten deep into police resources and affected the profitability of businesses.

Extinction Rebellion activists took over part of the Natural History Museum as the climate change protest entered its second week.

As the city sweltered in 25C heat, people united in protest - from pitching tents at Marble Arch to donning red robes and masks on the tube to organising a mass "die in" beneath the Natural History Museum's blue whale Hope, who's become an important symbol of optimism for a sustainable future for the planet since her arrival at the museum in 2017.

"We are the ones making a difference - we the people in Extinction Rebellion and the children's School Strike for the Climate - we are the ones making a difference", she told cheering crowds.

Olympic gold medallist Etienne Stott was one of the activists arrested as police moved to clear Waterloo Bridge on Sunday evening.

Some of the organisers said Sunday they wanted formal talks with the London mayor and the United Kingdom government.

Most of the protesters finished their lie-down protest after about half an hour.

Police have said they have a "robust" plan in place ahead of a proposed climate change protest in Parliament Square on Tuesday.

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Demonstrations at Oxford Street, a major shopping area, and a square outside of parliament have ended after a week that has seen activists disrupt travel in the capital in protest at efforts to address global warming.

The London 2012 canoe slalom champion was carried from the bridge by four officers at around 8.30pm as he shouted about the "ecological crisis".

Organisers from the group Extinction Rebellion described the stunt as a "die in" created to demonstrate the threat to the planet.

An Extinction Rebellion spokesperson said there would be no escalation of activity on Easter Monday, but warned that the disruption could get "much worse" if politicians are not open to their negotiation requests.

MPs are returning to Parliament after a week-long recess.

"We will never stop fighting". She said there were now 1,500 police officers, up from 1,000 previously, working to clear the roads.

But critics say they cause unnecessary disruption and waste police time when forces are already overstretched.

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