Climate protesters march in London again; arrests hit 710

Federico Mansilla
Abril 21, 2019

A spokesman for the National Police Chief's Council said "forces routinely share officers through mutual aid" in order to deal with large-scale events.

The airport said it was "working with the authorities", while Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Nick Ephgrave said: "Protesters can expect a robust police response".

After several "non-violent civil disobedience" protests in recent days, Extinction Rebellion group are set to attempt to "raise the bar" by blocking UK's busiest airport, which is expected to be used by nearly 250,000 people today.

Routes are also blocked around Waterloo Bridge, Parliament Square and Marble Arch, and Home Secretary Sajid Javid has urged police to use the "full force of the law". They were: "I won't stand for people who won't stand up for what it means to live on this planet and I won't stand for anything else".

"If we don't do something now it's going to have a catastrophic effect", said 23-year-old media student Fflur Harman, who travelled from central England and spent the night at one central London protest site.

So far, the protests are estimated to have cost more than 12 million pounds to businesses in London's West End, with some seeing a 25 per cent drop in sales. Unlawful behaviour will not be tolerated.

"Politicians don't turn up for debates, local authorities aren't actually committed to meaningful action, so we need to block the roads to make people take notice".

Extinction Rebellion protests
Metropolitan Police surround Extinction Rebellion demonstrators on Waterloo Bridge in London

But they came on the back of a "damning" report on the state of the New Zealand environment, released by the government this week.

The Extinction Rebellion environmental protests in London rumbled on into a sixth day on Saturday as the total number of arrests hit 718.

A further three people who were charged by British Transport Police appeared in court on Thursday morning.

The police reiterated that protests were only allowed to continue at Marble Arch.

Organisers Extinction Rebellion have called for non-violent civil disobedience to force the British government to reduce net greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2025 and stop what they call a global climate crisis.

The boat, which is named after murdered environmentalist Berta Cáceres, was dismantled several hours after Dame Emma Thompson used it as a stage to rally protesters.

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