April 23, 2019

United Kingdom climate protesters block roads, glue themselves to train

17 April 2019, 06:26 | Glen Norman

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The road is blocked by demonstrators during a climate protest at Marble Arch in London Tuesday

The DLR is now only running minor delays, according to Transport for London.

Demonstrators continue to block sites including Waterloo Bridge over the River Thames and the Oxford Circus and Marble Arch intersections.

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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.

"I protested myself a few weeks ago campaigning and lobbying for the British people to have a final say on whether we should stay in the European Union, and be given the option on what Parliament has voted for". Demonstration have included blocking bridges to traffic in London and a semi-naked protest inside the House of Commons.

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"We will not tolerate any activity which disrupts the millions of passengers who rely on using the rail network in London", superintendent Matt Allingham said earlier. "Customer Wi-Fi in underground stations have been temporarily switched off. We will restore access as soon as we are able to do so".

The events in London are part of an worldwide "climate rebellion" organised by Extinction Rebellion. In The Hague on Tuesday, activists occupied the global criminal court building.

A Transport for London worker appealed to the group to move their protest elsewhere, but the activists refused.

Extinction Rebellion was formed in the United Kingdom past year and held its first civil disobedience protests in London in November.

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The police have ordered the protesters to confine themselves to a zone within Marble Arch, a space at the junction of Hyde Park, the Oxford Street main shopping thoroughfare and the Park Lane street of plush hotels.

The group, which is founded by British activists, has three aims: the first is to get governments to declare a "climate emergency", reduce net greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2025, and for citizens' assemblies to lead the government on climate and ecological justice.

"In order to impose this condition, the Met required evidence that serious disruption was being caused to communities in London".

He added: "Of course, I am extremely frustrated by the damages causing to the public transport system in London, and that is why I would say to the organisers, please work with the police, please work with TfL to make sure you minimise disruption caused to those trying to get about their business in our city".

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