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UK News Brexit and climate change - London police plan for big protests this month

17:25  02 october  2019
17:25  02 october  2019 Source:   reuters.com

Extinction Rebellion protesters outline plans to shut Westminster roads

  Extinction Rebellion protesters outline plans to shut Westminster roads Activists will take to the streets next week, after protests on Thursday saw the Treasury sprayed with fake blood.The protests are set to bring disruption to the centre of the capital as part of an “international rebellion” around the world calling for urgent action on the climate and wildlife emergencies.

Climate change activists from the Extinction Rebellion movement demonstrated again in London on Minutes later, he engaged in a brief conversation with police before he was carried away from the Police remove a climate change protestor from the roof of a train at Canary wharf station on the

Extinction Rebellion activists cause disruption across London in climate change protests – video. On Tuesday afternoon, police said they were taking “positive action” on the demonstration, which the Metropolitan police said was causing A climate change protester is arrested on Waterloo Bridge.

a group of people standing in front of a crowd: FILE PHOTO: Police officers prepare to remove a climate change demonstrators during a march supported by Extinction Rebellion in London © Reuters/Toby Melville FILE PHOTO: Police officers prepare to remove a climate change demonstrators during a march supported by Extinction Rebellion in London

By Michael Holden

LONDON (Reuters) - London police said on Wednesday they would mobilise thousands of officers to deal with two weeks of planned chaos by climate activists and potential protests over Brexit.

From Monday, environmental campaign group Extinction Rebellion is planning to occupy and blockade 12 sites around Westminster in central London, home to parliament and government buildings, as part of a fortnight of international action to demand action on climate change.

Extinction Rebellion to stage its biggest act of civil disobedience in London by blockading 11 roads

  Extinction Rebellion to stage its biggest act of civil disobedience in London by blockading 11 roads Group says more than 4,000 activists are prepared to be arrestedA core group of 9,500 activists from all over the UK has signed up to participate in a fortnight of actions in London - with up to 30,000 expected to take part in total, the group says.

LONDON (Reuters) - Thousands of environmental activists paralyzed parts of central London on Monday by blocking Marble Arch, Oxford Circus and The protests are being led by the British climate group Extinction Rebellion and are to involve demonstrations in 33 countries around the world

International climate protests enter fourth day: London sites occupied. 1/38. Activists make some noise at the occupation of Oxford Circus in “Officers are out on the ground engaging with protesters and local communities to ensure proportionate policing plans are in place. There is a need to ensure

The protest coincides with the run-up to Britain's exit from the European Union, scheduled to take place on Oct. 31, with feelings running high between pro and anti-Brexit supporters and concern the tensions could spill over into violence.

"Our intention is London stays open for business throughout this period," Assistant Commissioner Nick Ephgrave told reporters. Asked how many officers would be deployed, Ephgrave said: "It's a significant resource."

In April, Extinction Rebellion caused 11 days of major disruption in central London in one of the largest civil disobedience campaigns seen in Britain, which helped push the climate change issue up the political agenda.

About 1,100 people were arrested, with some 850 prosecuted and more than 250 so far convicted of offences during the action which brought major routes to a standstill and saw a pink sailboat used to block Oxford Circus in the capital's major shopping district.

Arrests begin as Extinction Rebellion block London roads

  Arrests begin as Extinction Rebellion block London roads Police have started arresting climate change protesters as they attempt to block roads in central London. © Sky News Screen Grab Police work to free a protester who chained themselves to a metal cylinder inside a car Thousands of people are expected to demonstrate over the next two weeks and witnesses say that their numbers are already overwhelming police in some streets. © PA Protesters are aiming to cause disruption across London Two people have blocked the road outside New Scotland Yard after chaining themselves to a metal cylinder inside a car.

Climate change protesters are protesting in the streets of London and plan to block four iconic locations: Marble Arch, Oxford Circus, Waterloo “We’ve been focusing on Brexit for the last two years, at the end of the day it doesn’t matter what your political views are, climate change will affect

UK climate change protests . Image copyright PA. Police are being diverted from "core local duties" that keep London safe by the Extinction Rebellion protesters , Scotland Yard has said. " This will have implications in the weeks and months beyond this protest as officers take back leave and the

The activists have promised that this month's action will be on an even larger scale.

"Part of the intention is to overwhelm our ability in the police service to respond to their protest activity," Ephgrave said. He warned all those who broke the law, even as part of non-violent civil disobedience, would face action.

The force was criticised for a slow response to April's disruption, which cost about 16 million pounds ($20 million) to police, and Ephgrave said they had learned lessons.

"We need to be agile, we need to be slightly more proactive," he said. "We want to not be caught out. We want to try and be ahead of what's happening rather than responding to it."

(Editing by Stephen Addison)

London City Airport braces for possible shutdown by climate protesters .
London City Airport braces for possible shutdown by climate protestersLondon City is the capital's fifth-biggest - and most central - airport, popular with business travellers, bankers and politicians for short-haul and regional routes.

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