Climate change protests in London: Protestors glue themselves to train

Rodiano Bonacci
Aprile 17, 2019

Travel disruption has been reported at a busy commuter station in London as a third consecutive day of protesting over climate change has got underway.

The protests were organised by the campaign group Extinction Rebellion, which was established past year in Britain by academics and has become one of the world's fastest-growing environmental movements. British Transport Police said they had arrested one man on suspicion of obstructing the railway.

The protests come after activists warned they were planning disruption on London's Tube network, leading to British Transport Police (BTP) to deploy more resources at central London stations to keep trains running.

Campaigners daubed graffiti and smashed a window at the Shell Centre building.

Protestors block the roads in parliament square in London, Wednesday, April 17, 2019, with Big Ben's clock tower shrouded in scaffolding back right. Later, people set up camps in Hyde Park in preparation for further demonstrations throughout the week.

It has made 290 arrests in a bid to clear routes after ordering the protesters to confine demonstrations to Marble Arch in an effort to keep London traffic running. "However, I am extremely concerned about the plans some protesters have to disrupt the London Underground".

Transport for London said there were minor delays on a branch of DLR services "due to a customer incident" at Canary Wharf. It is calling on the United Kingdom government to reduce carbon emissions to zero by 2025 and establish a citizens' assembly to devise an emergency plan of action to tackle climate breakdown and biodiversity loss.

"Intentional arrests for criminal damage allow Extinction Rebellion to take this core strategy into the courts", the group said in a statement on Monday.

Protesters attached themselves to vehicles and to each other using bicycle locks, said the spokesman. Organisers said protests had taken place or were planned in 80 cities across 33 countries - from India to Australia, and around Europe and the US.

"Many of us are willing to sacrifice our liberty for the cause".

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