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Canada Extinction Rebellion group blocks access to major bridge in Halifax

17:05  07 october  2019
17:05  07 october  2019 Source:   msn.com

Major bridges may targeted as environmental group plans protest Monday

  Major bridges may targeted as environmental group plans protest Monday HALIFAX — A group of environmental activists is planning to try to shut down some of Canada's busiest bridges on Monday by having protesters lie down or sit in traffic lanes. The Extinction Rebellion group's targets include the Angus L. Macdonald Bridge over Halifax Harbour, the Burrard Street bridge in Vancouver and the Prince Edward Viaduct in Toronto. The Extinction Rebellion group's targets include the Angus L. Macdonald Bridge over Halifax Harbour, the Burrard Street bridge in Vancouver and the Prince Edward Viaduct in Toronto.

Extinction Rebellion (abbreviated as XR) is a socio-political movement with the stated aim of using civil disobedience and nonviolent resistance to compel government action on climate breakdown

Protesters have blocked off five major bridges in central London as part of a so-called " rebellion day". Hundreds have gathered in central London to Tiana Jacout, of Extinction Rebellion , said the bridge blockages were "not a step we take lightly" but "if things continue as is, we face an extinction

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HALIFAX — The group Extinction Rebellion is blocking the Macdonald bridge between Halifax and Dartmouth today, one of a number of actions planned across the country.

Halifax police spokesman Const. John MacLeod says fewer than 100 protesters are blocking access on the Dartmouth side of the bridge and police have closed the bridge to all traffic including bicycles and pedestrians.

The protesters marched down to the bridge toll plaza from a nearby transit terminal, waving flags and signs.

They congregated in an area near the tolls as police used their cars to block traffic on routes leading to the bridge.

'It's going to happen': Climate protesters to shut down bridges in Vancouver and Victoria

  'It's going to happen': Climate protesters to shut down bridges in Vancouver and Victoria Environmental activist group Extinction Rebellion says dozens of protesters are expected to walk onto and block the Burrard Street Bridge at 8:30 a.m. for the day. Protesters in Victoria say they will shut down the Johnson Street Bridge at 3:30 p.m. until 6 p.m.In Vancouver, organizer Maayan Kreitzman said at least "a few hundred people" will walk onto the Burrard Street Bridge at 8:30 a.m. PT to block most vehicle traffic. Emergency vehicles, transit buses, cyclists and pedestrians will be allowed through.

EXTINCTION Rebellion activists today begin a fortnight of disruption in London with plans to 'shut down' Around 30,000 people are expected to block streets and bridges in London over two weeks of Groups of artists held a procession around Marble Arch as the protesters were told to "surround"

Extinction Rebellion 's targets include the Angus L. Macdonald Bridge in Halifax , the Burrard Street Bridge in Vancouver and the Prince Edward Viaduct in Toronto. A Nova Scotia organizer for the group says the planned acts of civil disobedience aim to show the public that major disruptions are

Members of the group, which is seeking action on climate change, usually sit or lie down in front of traffic until they are arrested and taken away by police officers.

MacLeod wouldn't say how long police would allow protesters to remain on the bridge.

Public transit has rerouted traffic over the second harbour bridge — the MacKay — into Halifax.

About 40,000 vehicles use the Macdonald bridge daily along with about 1,200 people who bike or walk across the span.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 7, 2019.

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