Environmental activists block central London roads

Rodiano Bonacci
Апреля 15, 2019

Campaign group Extinction Rebellion is expecting thousands to join the peaceful protests, which could last for weeks, as they demand the Government takes urgent action on climate change and wildlife declines.

Waterloo Bridge is a major bus route and the protestors from the group Extinction Rebellion delayed the journeys of far more public transport users than the auto drivers they claim should switch to more sustainable modes.

Campaign group Extinction Rebellion posted pictures of activists walking on the road on Twitter and said: "We have taken Waterloo bridge!"

"This will be a full-scale festival of creative resistance, with people's assemblies, art actions, stage performances, talks, workshops, food and family spaces", the group says on its website.

Organisers said: "The global rebellion begins and Extinction Rebellion will be bringing London to a standstill for up to two weeks".

Marble Arch, Parliament Square and Piccadilly Circus have also been blocked in the protest, which aims to get the government to tell the truth about the extent of climate change, and take action. They plan to engage in acts of non-violent civil disobedience against governments in capital cities around the world.

Monday will see protesters in around 80 cities in more than 33 countries hold similar demonstrations on the same environmental issues, campaigners say.

Hundreds of protesters slept in tents in Hyde Park overnight and many more from around the United Kingdom are expected to join them at five makeshift camps across London for the protest, expected to last at least a week.

A spokeswoman for The Royal Parks said Extinction Rebellion had not asked for permission to begin the protest in the park and that camping is not allowed.

Police have advised Londoners to leave extra time for their journeys because of possible delays caused by the protest. No arrests have been made.

The Met said it had "appropriate policing plans" in place for the demonstrations and officers from across the force would be used "to support the public order operation".

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