Published: Wed, April 17, 2019
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Almost 300 Arrested In Climate Change Protests In London

Almost 300 Arrested In Climate Change Protests In London

Almost 300 protesters have so far been arrested, with activists initially blocking five locations in central London and gluing themselves to buildings and vehicles. More than 300 have been arrested in 48 hours.

Demonstrators continue to block sites including Waterloo Bridge over the River Thames and the Oxford Circus and Marble Arch intersections.

Travel disruption has been reported at a busy commuter station in London as a third consecutive day of protesting over climate change has got underway.

"Units are in the process of responding, including specialist teams trained in protest removal", a spokesperson for British Transport Police (BTP) said.

"I protested myself a few weeks ago campaigning and lobbying for the British people to have a final say on whether we should stay in the European Union, and be given the option on what Parliament has voted for".

Extinction Rebellion activist Mark Ovland, who glued himself to the train door on Wednesday, told the group's livestream "we're doing what it takes".

"We're working closely with the police to manage the impact of disruption to London's transport network", a Transport for London representative told The Guardian.

Transport for London (TfL) said: "We will restore access as soon as we are able to do so".

Groups of protesters remained in place through the night and into Wednesday morning at several locations, blocking the road at Marble Arch and Oxford Circus.

In a statement posted on Twitter Mr Khan 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".

Williams, who started an Extinction Rebellion branch in Aberystwyth, Wales, added that the group's non-violent demonstrations were inspired by civil rights giants like "Martin Luther King, Gandhi and the Suffragettes".

"We so far have 55 bus routes closed and 500,000 people affected as a result", the police said.

Twenty-nine arrests were made in Edinburgh on Tuesday night after police cleared remaining activists who were sitting down across the city's North Bridge.

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".

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