Thursday, 20 February, 2020


Extinction Rebellion protests: United Kingdom arrests as global demonstrations begin

Protesters are removed and arrested during an Extinction Rebellion protest in Sydney Protesters are removed and arrested during an Extinction Rebellion protest
Patty Aguilar | 08 October, 2019, 04:56

"Police are really, really heavy on us", Sophie Cowen, a spokesperson for Extinction Rebellion, the group behind the protests, told CBS News, moments after a demonstrator was hauled off by police on London's Westminster Bridge.

A few dozen activists briefly chained themselves to each other and to an elevated road over a major artery in the Spanish capital at rush hour on Monday morning. The location of these sites remains a closely guarded secret. They carried banners with slogans including "Climate change denies our children a future unless we act now".

Lizzy Mansfield: "We're here because the government is not doing enough on the climate emergency". "We are in an emergency and we are here to demand appropriate government action in response to this emergency".

Extinction Rebellion has not given details on how late the protest will go, only saying they are expecting it to last "all day". More than 1,000 activists were arrested, of whom 850 were prosecuted for various public disorder offences. So far, 250 have been convicted.

The Metropolitan Police has adopted more proactive tactics this time.

Meanwhile, in London, seven people were arrested on Sunday "on suspicion of conspiracy to cause public nuisance" after the kick-off ceremony near Marble Arch. Eight people were arrested during the raid.

In a press release Saturday, Extinction Rebellion said the police "used evidence-gathering laws to seize bins, food, and disabled toilets".

Climate change activists staged protests around the world in almost 60 cities including Calgary on Monday.

Organizers said they expected 30,000 people to take part in the United Kingdom protests, and that similar actions would take place in major cities around the world.

Back in April, members of the group blocked several London roads and bridges during 10 days of action created to alert the public and politicians to the "climate emergency".

At least one protester, seen waving a green flag, climbed on top of the famous bull statue.

"Alleged offences committed range from obstructing traffic to disobey reasonable direction", police said in a statement.

"We have tried petitions, lobbying and marches, and now time is running out", Australian activist Jane Morton told the AFP news agency.

And she said: "The whole thing is so urgent that it is imperative the Government should take serious actions and put pressure on other states and Global Powers to radically reduce the use of fossil fuels even if this means we need to reduce our comfort at home and so much flying".

ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVISTS have descended on Dublin as part of a worldwide protest being organisation by Extinction Rebellion. No arrests were made and the protest remained peaceful.

Defying nearly freezing temperatures in Berlin, activists singing "Solid as a rock, rooted as a tree" gathered at dawn at the Victory Column roundabout near Tiergarten park.

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