Climate protesters arrested in Sydney

James Marshall
October 9, 2019

Hundreds of protesters blocked bridges and roads around the British capital Monday morning, with more disruptive actions in the works, including at London's City Airport and in the "new media" space, the group said.

The protesters belonged to a climate activism organization named Extinction Rebellion, according to CNBC.

Demonstrations have taken place in countries including Germany, Spain, Austria, France and New Zealand.

Police arrested 152 people on Monday, taking the two-day total to 471.

The first day of Extinction Rebellion's week-long protests saw more than three dozen arrests in several cities across Australia on Monday.

Photograph: James Gourley/EPA What are Extinction Rebellion's demands?

"We'll stay here until the end and if they must remove us by carrying us out, moving us out or using tear gas, we will be here, we will remain united, non-violent", said Clement Schneider, 26, from Fribourg, Switzerland.

"In the United Kingdom, we will peacefully shut down all roads into Westminster in Central London and non-violently disrupt the government until our leaders agree to TAKE EMERGENCY ACTION NOW", the group says on its website.

The group said that while its protests may cause some disruption they would be focused on government and industry, not on the public.

What's been happening and where?

In Amsterdam, police were lining up empty city buses to take the arrested demonstrators away as they tried to clear a major thoroughfare in the afternoon.

So far, in London, they have held 11 key sites and carried out a series of "actions" - from glueing themselves to government buildings to locking themselves to a funeral hearse parked across a junction at Trafalgar Square.

Members of Extinction Rebellion said police confiscated six vehicles as well as gazebos, portable toilets and bean bags - and have since claimed that the arrests were pre-emptive.

Protests are expected to spread across dozens of cities, including Delhi and NY, in the days and weeks ahead as activists call for urgent environmental action.

Extinction Rebellion, a decentralized, non-hierarchical environmental action group born in the United Kingdom, is different from Greta Thunberg's Fridays for Future movement in a few notable ways. They declared an emergency after the rebellion in April, and then we've seen like surprisingly little action.

It describes itself as an worldwide "non-violent civil disobedience activist movement".

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