Extinction Rebellion protesters block London roads

James Marshall
April 15, 2019

They added: "We will always provide a proportionate policing plan to balance the right to a peaceful protest, while ensuring that disruption to communities is kept to a minimum".

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, which is expected to continue for at least a week.

Extinction Rebellion said: "We've tried petitions, marches, letters, reports, papers, meetings, even direct actions; and global emissions have continued to rise".

At 11am, activist group Extinction Rebellion plans to block five busy locations in central London including Parliament Square, peacefully stopping traffic and kicking off a "festival" of protests including people's assembles, talks and performances.

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. "We wish to make peace with ourselves by making peace with our neighbour Earth and with our God".

Yen Chit Chong, from Extinction Rebellion in London, said: "This is our last best shot at survival".

Participants are being forewarned they will be invited to take part in non-violent civil disobedience, and might be arrested.

Demonstrators arrived at London's Hyde Park on Sunday, some having journeyed to the city on foot in recent weeks from various parts of the United Kingdom for what is described as an "International Rebellion".

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.

But police said no arrests were made overnight after earlier explaining their operational response to camping "would be dependent on what if any other issues might be ongoing at the time".

Police have advised people travelling into London to allow extra journey time.

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