Extinction Rebellion: London and Manchester activists arrested

Elias Hubbard
December 10, 2019

Extinction Rebellion was launched in 2018 and organisers say it now has groups willing to take action in dozens of countries.

He said of the meaning behind today's action: "As an emeritus professor of respiratory medicine, I am well aware of the facts about air pollution and am deeply concerned that, unless we act now on the climate emergency, the lung damage that is already apparent in children in many parts of the United Kingdom will condemn them to ongoing and possibly fatal lung disease as they grow up".

The lie-in was part of XR's "12 Days of Crisis" - a series of protests aimed at pressuring politicians to put the climate emergency at the heart of the election.

Extinction Rebellion said it was raising awareness of the illegal levels of air pollution in the city centre.

Meanwhile, other Extinction Rebellion protesters were entering their fourth week on hunger strike outside political party headquarters in Westminster.

A number of climate change campaigners donning orange overalls have stopped traffic from passing on Great Ancoats Street.

An activist lies on the ground after he glued his hand to a brick during an Extinction Rebellion protest against air pollution kills in London, Britain, December 9, 2019.

Stagecoach bus services are being diverted.

It continued: "On top of this, 152 roads in Greater Manchester, including Great Ancoats Street, exceed the legal limits of harmful nitrogen dioxide".

Her partner told Manchester Evening News: 'She had our little baby in the auto. The police aren't being helpful, they are saying you are going to have to move. The baby is only four months old and needed feeding.

A spokesman said: "They used fun and good humour to get their point across, bringing along Nellie, the Elephant in the room".

'This is not the way to engender empathy for their cause.

"Whilst we respect everyone's right to lawful protest, we ask that anyone intending on protesting in Manchester also respect the right of others to go about their daily business with minimal disruption, and to liaise with the local authorities in advance".

The extent of the disruption caused by the construction of a third runway was revealed by the government earlier this year.

It formed part of a series of protests which took place across the United Kingdom named "The Air We Grieve".

They said: 'This was a relatively chilled action. If they actually start going ahead with the third runway, people will have to stop them and the action would be much more arrestable'.

When he was elected to Parliament in Uxbridge in 2015, Boris Johnson promised to fight against the expansion of Heathrow airport.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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