London braces for rail disruption by climate-change protesters

Federico Mansilla
Abril 17, 2019

The protests, led by British climate group Extinction Rebellion, brought parts of central London to a standstill again on Tuesday.

The man and woman unfurled a banner reading "Climate Emergency - Act Now".

The DLR is now only running minor delays, according to Transport for London.

Two environmental activists climbed onto the roof of a train in London's Canary Wharf financial district on Wednesday as part of a third day of action to force Britain to take more radical measures to avert climate change.

Nearly 300 arrests were made in the first two days of the protest.

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The protests were organised by the campaign group Extinction Rebellion, which was established previous year in Britain by academics and has become one of the world's fastest-growing environmental movements. Demonstration have included blocking bridges to traffic in London and a semi-naked protest inside the House of Commons.

"We have no intention of leaving until the government listens to us", he said.

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"The safety of our customers and staff is our number one priority and we're already working closely with the police to manage the impact on London's transport network".

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"We have seen a huge spike in interest following the events in London", he said.

Passengers were not informed about the decision to turn off the network, and many travellers wrongly attributed the disruption to conventional technical faults.

A Transport for London spokesman said it was aware of plans for demonstrations on the Underground and urged people to check for travel updates before setting off.

"It is absolutely crucial to get more people using public transport, as well as walking and cycling, if we are to tackle this climate emergency", he said.

The events in London are part of an global "climate rebellion" organised by Extinction Rebellion.

One woman, who had three young children with her, one of which began crying, said: "The weather is attractive and I just wanted to take the kids out for a lovely day". In The Hague on Tuesday, activists occupied the global criminal court building.

The other 285 people were were arrested on Monday night and throughout Tuesday for Public Order Act offences, obstructing a highway and one for obstructing police as well as two further arrests for criminal damage at a commercial premises on Belvedere Road, Lambeth on Monday. By 6am on Wednesday, all had been released and charged with breach of the peace, to appear in court at a later date.

"David Attenborough says they're right, Mark Carney says they're right".

The protesters maintain that governments are not taking climate change seriously enough, and are demanding that a state of "climate and ecological emergency" be declared.

Chief Superintendent Colin Wingrove said: "We need to ensure we are striking the right balance between allowing the right to a peaceful protest, while ensuring disruption to communities is kept to a minimum".

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