Extinction Rebellion return to occupy five United Kingdom cities in ‘summer uprising’

Katie Ramirez
July 17, 2019

Montreal police say 25 people were arrested following a five-hour sit-in at a climate protest outside Premier Francois Legault's office on Saturday.

THE environmental protesters who brought central London to a standstill this April launched their "summer uprising" yesterday, occupying parts of five major cities.

They called on the British government to commit to producing net-zero greenhouse gases by 2025.

Kicking off a summer-long campaign of civil disobedience and grassroots activism, thousands of campaigners with the Extinction Rebellion movement shut down traffic in five United Kingdom cities on Monday to demand that the government take immediate and sweeping action to combat the climate crisis and ensure a sustainable future. Monday's are the latest demonstrations under the "Extinction Rebellion" banner - following several others earlier this year.

The environmental activist group Extinction Rebellion has parked a boat outside the main entrance of the Royal Courts of Justice (RCJ).

Stephen Lingwood, 37, from Extinction Rebellion Cardiff, said: 'We're at the beginning of the sixth mass extinction and a climate genocide and the government's inaction is, in my view, criminally irresponsible'.

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"We also stand in solidarity with climate activists around the world who are sacrificing their freedom to fight for climate justice", it added.

The group is calling on the Metropolitan Police and Crown Prosecution Service to drop cases against those arrested during the April protests.

Police say some protesters are facing charges of obstructing the work of the officers, but all of them have been released from police custody.

The boat and sit-in protesters blocked Victoria bridge in Leeds.

In Glasgow, activists are using a 25ft purple boat to block Trongate, covering the intersection of Gallowgate and High Street, by the Merchant City clock tower. Enough's enough: "it's time to act now".

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