British police arrest 113 climate change activists in London

Erika Holt
April 17, 2019

Protestors from the Norwich branch of environmental group Extinction Rebellion have gathered in London for a second day.

Police arrest protesters on Waterloo Bridge.

The Metropolitan Police said on Tuesday evening that more than 200 people had been arrested over the two days of disruption.

Five of the arrests were for criminal damage following disruption outside commercial premises on Monday.

"Governments have failed us", Bea Ruiz, national coordinator for Extinction Rebellion U.S., said in a statement.

They also carried trees, plants and solar panels as they blocked Waterloo Bridge, one of the five locations being targeted by the campaigners in London.

The protests, called by British climate organisation Extinction Rebellion, are expected to last for a week at least across 80 cities in more than 33 countries.

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The police have ordered the protesters to confine themselves to a zone within Marble Arch, a space at the junction of Hyde Park, the Oxford Street main shopping thoroughfare and the Park Lane street of plush hotels.

Protesters who had spent the night defying police on the bridge were joined by more supporters this morning.

But Extinction Rebellion warned protesters they could face arrest for blocking traffic, while TfL said Londoners face travel delays.

"We are mindful of the impact the demonstrations are having on the local communities and are working hard with partners including TfL to keep London moving and open for businesses and visitors alike". We've got 12 years to act before there is irreversible damage to the environment and we start to see catastrophic changes. Instead we demand a Citizens' Assembly to oversee the changes, as we rise from the wreckage, creating a democracy fit for goal. The actions were created to draw attention to the use and production of fossil fuels. "But this starts with the Government".

The campaign cites as inspiration the civil rights and suffragette movements and is backed by hundreds of scientists and academics, including the former archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams.

The XR spokesperson added: "At night Marble Arch was illuminated with XR projections reading "Act Now", "Time is running out", "Extinction Rebellion" and ominous reminders of the degrees of global warming to date and tons of Carbon dioxide emitted".

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