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London climate change protests: Major roads blocked

London climate change protests: Major roads blocked

More than 100 protestors were arrested during an anti-climate change demonstration in central London yesterday.

Police have said that in order to impose conditions on the demonstration they required evidence that serious disruption was being caused to communities in London.

On Tuesday, the Metropolitan police said it had arrested 113 protesters overnight but demonstrators said all four sites remained under their control.

The police said most of the protestors were detained on suspicion of public order offences and five people were held on Monday on the suspicion of criminal damage at Shell's headquarters.

Transport for London have said that said that Marble Arch remains blocked.

The group says there is a climate emergency and that governments need to aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2025.

The demonstrations are part of a global campaign, orchestrated by British climate organization Extinction Rebellion, which made headlines earlier this month when members disrupted a Brexit debate in Parliament with a nude demonstration.

Police said they had to strike the right balance between allowing the right to peaceful protest while ensuring disruption to communities was kept at a minimum. At least one person was arrested by police for criminal damage.

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At Oxford Circus, a large pink boat was parked in the middle of the junction and Extinction Rebellion activists also glued themselves to that.

Skateboarders replaced cars and lorries on Waterloo Bridge as the Thames crossing was closed to traffic and decorated with pot plants and trees.

Organisers said: "The International Rebellion begins and Extinction Rebellion will be bringing London to a standstill for up to two weeks. We must act now".

"People have come up to us to thank us emphatically", she said.

The movement has received support from actress and activist Dame Emma Thompson and former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams.

London got its Garden Bridge today.

Fox said the protesters attached themselves to vehicles and to each other using bicycle locks.


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