Climate change protesters aim for arrests as demonstration gets underway in London

Lester Mason
April 16, 2019

Activists led by campaign group Extinction Rebellion, have pledged to block five central locations in a "non-violent act of resistance and rebellion" which campaigners have said could last for weeks.

Extinction Rebellion have organised a nationwide week of action, they are calling for a full-scale Rebellion to demand decisive action from governments on climate change and ecological collapse.

Environmental protesters have blocked Waterloo Bridge in London as they try to bring the city to a standstill.

CNN noted, "Extinction Rebellion, which launched late previous year with climate protests that shut down five London bridges, made headlines earlier this month when members of the group disrupted a Brexit debate in Parliament with a nude demonstration". Police arrested 85 activists that day and organizers say they expect further arrests on Monday.

Savannah revealed that the group had arranged 50 trees to be delivered to Waterloo Bridge and that they would cover the bridge with greenery.

The group tweeted: "Day 1 of #InternationalRebellion saw actions in 33 countries, 52 willing arrests in London occupations of #MarbleArch #OxfordCircus #ParliamentSquare #WaterlooBridge #PicadillyCircus, overnight some occupations evicted". Organisers of the protests circulated legal advice to anyone planning to attend, requesting they refrain from using drugs and alcohol, and asking them to treat the public with respect.

Police advised people travelling around London in the coming days to allow extra time for their journey in the event of road closures and general disruption.

The busy Thames crossing was closed to traffic in both directions this morning, Transport for London (TfL) said.

Rowan McLaughlin, 47, a teacher, said this week's protests were more important that the huge pro and anti-Brexit protests in London recently.

He said: "People are frustrated and angry but if we don't stop climate change there will be a complete breakdown of society". "We're just going to get bigger and more annoying until the government speaks to us".

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