Police Clear Green Extremists From Trafalgar Square Amid 1,400 Arrests

Clay Curtis
October 17, 2019

The incident comes after London's Metropolitan Police Service imposed a revised "section 14" order on Monday night, stating that "any assembly linked to the Extinction Rebellion "Autumn Uprising" must stop their protests in the capital from 9pm BST".

He added: "The policing operation continues, and we will continue to take action against anyone engaged in unlawful protests at locations targeted by Extinction Rebellion". Activists have been occupying central London for the past week and were set to continue into this week before the Metropolitan Police issued their ban last night.

'I am not sure that is proportionate - we are facing an emergency here and the government is failing to act on that, so it is really important that concerned citizens are able to express themselves peacefully'.

"Leaving people with no place to protest is a literally a ban on your human right to free expression and free assembly across a whole city of 8.5 million people".

She said: "I'm doing this because I want other people to see 'why is such a boring ordinary person doing this?' and they will look into the climate science".

"St John's fully supports the visibility these protestors are giving to the urgent need to address climate change".

"This is nature defending herself", she said, before being arrested.

"Police are clearing peaceful protest in Trafalgar", the movement tweeted in response.

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The environmental pressure group saw over 1,000 protesters arrested over the course of Rebellion Week in London, where protests were held every day attempting to halt traffic and put the city into a standstill in order to raise awareness about climate change last week.

Grossman and the others who drafted the declaration support the Extinction Rebellion, a non-violent environmental pressure group that formed in the United Kingdom about a year ago to protest government inaction on the ecological crises caused by climate change.

London Deputy Assistant Commissioner Laurence Taylor said authorities have made progress managing the activists, who he said caused "disruption to people and businesses in London's financial district".

Six Extinction Rebellion protestors from Norwich have been arrested outside Barclays bank.

As of Tuesday morning at 8.45, there had been 1,457 arrests made in connection with Extinction Rebellion activity in London. The Extinction Come up protests dangle been largely peaceable and brought crucial attention to the local climate emergency - the fine stammer going thru the arena.

Police officers used electric chain cutters to remove the pipe before carrying the two protesters away for arrest.

But observers say the Met's decision to enforce Section 14 of the UK's Public Order Act 1986, which is aimed at preventing "serious public disorder, serious damage to property or serious disruption", is a step too far.

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