Climate activists in London shift site but keep up protests

Clay Curtis
October 15, 2019

Extinction Rebellion has continued to protest in central London despite a police order to leave Trafalgar Square.

Diane Abbott has described the Metropolitan Police ban on all Extinction Rebellion protests in London as "wrong", amid concerns that the right to protest is being undermined.

More than 1,400 people were arrested during the first eight days of protests, and those camped in Trafalgar Square were told they must have vacated by 9pm Monday.

Extinction Rebellion protesters blocked the streets around Bank in the heart of the City of London.

A number of demonstrations have been staged across the capital by Extinction Rebellion, which is calling on the government to do more to tackle climate change.

The SUN reports that the Met Police have arrested 1,336 people in connection with the protests as Police Chief Cressida Dick said the force has been "stretched" by the protests, impeding its ability to respond to other crimes.

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Activists, including one of the founders of Extinction Rebellion, targeted Britain's transport ministry in central London on Tuesday to protest against a proposed high-speed rail project known as HS2.

Mr Osborn had superglued his hand to a road in London as part of the Extinction Rebellion protests which are due to last two weeks in the capital.

In response to the police action, an XR statement said its "rebels" would take "a moment to pause and remember why we are here".

Activist Pam Williams, 71, glued herself to the spot where her tent stood and said she would not move.

"The majority of those protesting have been doing so peacefully, removing and prosecuting activists for engaging in non-violent direct action to raise their voice is deeply worrying".

The rabbi refused a police request to accompany them and insisted they carry him away. My husband has taken away the tent, the police haven't got it.

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