Published: Wed, April 17, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

Extinction Rebellion: London police arrest 113 climate change 'rebels'

Extinction Rebellion: London police arrest 113 climate change 'rebels'

Major roads in central London have been blocked for a second day by climate change protests, which have seen more than 120 people arrested.

They blocked nearby Marble Arch and Waterloo Bridge to traffic in Monday's "Shut down London" protest.

The blockades continued throughout the day but as darkness fell officers moved in and began to arrest people on Waterloo Bridge in an effort to clear it.

"There have been 113 arrests in total, the majority of which are for breach of Section 14 Notice of the Public Order Act 1986 and obstruction of the highway", London police said.

Transport for London warned bus users that routes would remain on diversion or terminate early.

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Thousands of people have been protesting against climate change across the world, including big protests in central London.

Launched by climate activists in the United Kingdom last year, the focus of the movement in America is "the hope the arrival of Extinction Rebellion will be a watershed moment for the USA environmental movement, shifting it from what they see as a tepid response to the cavalcade of disasters threatening the livability of the planet".

As part of Extinction Rebellion's protests the group has been trying to get arrested as much as possible because they think it will help with their demands.

Four activists chained and glued themselves underneath a lorry parked on Waterloo Bridge, where they slept on Monday night.

"They can change a few of the laws along with the Paris agreement so that we can really work towards achieving a practical target". Instead we demand a Citizens' Assembly to oversee the changes, as we rise from the wreckage, creating a democracy fit for goal.

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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