Extinction Rebellion Climate Protests In London

James Marshall
April 15, 2019

Climate change activists are causing gridlock in London by blocking major roads and junctions, including Waterloo Bridge over the Thames.

"We don't want to disrupt people, but our government's failure over the last 30 years leaves us no choice", an Extinction Rebellion spokesperson said.

Extinction Rebellion (XR), an environmentalist group responsible for causing scenes in the House of Commons earlier this month when semi-naked activists stripped off in Parliament as MPs tried to debate Brexit, claim they intend to occupy the roads for at least 72 hours.

On Monday morning, a group of demonstrators with trees, plants and solar panels in tow barricaded Waterloo Bridge, one of five locations being targeted by environmental campaigners in the city as part of the protest. They have left us with no other option.

"This will be a full-scale festival of creative resistance, with people's assemblies, art actions, stage performances, talks, workshops, food and family spaces", the group says on its website.

The movement, which is demanding the British government takes urgent action on climate change and wildlife declines, has received support from actress and activist Emma Thompson and former archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams.

Speaking at a meditation on the eve of the protests, Dr Williams said humans had declared war on nature.

He said: "We are here tonight to declare that we do not wish to be at war".

Thompson has previously said of the demonstrations: "It is time to stand up and save our home".

Yen Chit Chong, from Extinction Rebellion in London, said: "This is our last best shot at survival". They plan to engage in acts of non-violent civil disobedience against governments in capital cities around the world.

Demonstrators arrived at London's Hyde Park yesterday, some having journeyed to the city on foot in recent weeks from various parts of the UK.

Hundreds of protesters slept in tents in Hyde Park overnight and many more from around the United Kingdom are expected to join them at five makeshift camps across London for the protest, expected to last at least a week.

Police have advised people travelling into London to allow extra journey time. No arrests have been made.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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