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16 April 2019, 06:26 | Edward Lowe
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Protesters parked a pink boat in the middle of Oxford Street - one of Europe's busiest streets - as a flag bearing the symbol of the organisers, Extinction Rebellion, was raised.
The group expects thousands of protesters to converge on Marble Arch, Oxford Circus, Waterloo Bridge, Piccadilly Circus and Parliament Square.
More than 100 Norwich branch members of environmental group Extinction Rebellion's travelled to London today to block five of the cities busiest roads and demand government action on climate change.
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 vehicle drivers they claim should switch to more sustainable modes.
Extinction Rebellion (XR), an environmentalist group responsible for causing scenes in the House of Commons earlier this month when semi-naked activists stripped off in Parliament as MPs tried to debate Brexit, claim they intend to occupy the roads for at least 72 hours.
Activists said they hope to create a "festival" of action, including people's assemblies, performances, talks, workshops and food.
Hundreds of protesters had also blocked Waterloo Bridge, which was closed in both directions, with campaign group Extinction Rebellion declaring on their Twitter page: "We have taken Waterloo Bridge!"
Speaking at a meditation on the eve of the protests, Dr Williams said humans had declared war on nature.
Organisers said: "The global rebellion begins and Extinction Rebellion will be bringing London to a standstill for up to two weeks". They plan to engage in acts of non-violent civil disobedience against governments in capital cities around the world.
Demonstrators began arriving in Hyde Park on Sunday and while organisers encouraged people to set up camp there overnight, they have been warned they could be breaking the law by doing so under Royal Parks legislation.
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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