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UK News Extinction Rebellion shuts down Westminster in call for environmental action

14:30  07 october  2019
14:30  07 october  2019 Source:   msn.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.

Environmental activists plan to blockade roads in the centre of government for two weeks.

Environmental activists plan to shut down key sites in central London as part of global protests. The protests are calling for urgent action on global climate and wildlife emergencies. Watch: The farmers joining Extinction Rebellion . Activists barricaded themselves inside cars in Westminster

a group of people sitting and standing in front of a crowd: A pair of protesters chained together at the neck on Westminster Bridge, during an Extinction Rebellion (XR) protest in Westminster, London (Victoria Jones/PA) © Victoria Jones A pair of protesters chained together at the neck on Westminster Bridge, during an Extinction Rebellion (XR) protest in Westminster, London (Victoria Jones/PA)

Extinction Rebellion protesters have brought Westminster to a halt as they demand the Government takes urgent action on climate change and wildlife losses.

Groups of demonstrators shut down roads around Parliament and Whitehall, with vehicles and bikes, and banners reading “tell the truth” and “No coal mines, no fracking”.

Parliament Square was empty of traffic except for police vans and bicycles, while helicopters circled overhead, as protesters created roadblocks on Westminster and Lambeth Bridges, Victoria Street, Whitehall and the Mall.

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  Extinction Rebellion protest: how London and other UK cities will be disrupted by the mass 'October rebellion' Environmental activists Extinction Rebellion have another fortnight of events planned - here's what we know so far.Between their demonstrations and Greta Thunberg's impassioned speeches, the profile of climate change activism has never been higher.

Extinction Rebellion protesters blocked off the road outside Downing Street on Monday morning as they began a planned two-week shutdown of Westminster . Peaceful protesters are intending to target 12 areas in central London in an attempt to force meaningful action to tackle the climate crisis.

It comes ahead of planned environmental protests by Extinction Rebellion around Westminster in Videos posted on social media showed officers using a battering ram to break down the doors of the They also said they would protest outside government departments, calling on them to outline

Some 21 people had already been arrested by 8am, the Metropolitan Police said, as what is expected to be two weeks of action in the capital got under way.

Activists say the protests could be as much as five times bigger than those held in April, which brought major disruption to London and saw more than 1,100 arrests.

a group of people riding on the back of a car: The driver of a hearse attached himself to the steering wheel as his vehicle was used to block the road at Trafalgar Square (Jonathan Brady/PA) © Provided by The Press Association The driver of a hearse attached himself to the steering wheel as his vehicle was used to block the road at Trafalgar Square (Jonathan Brady/PA)

It is part of an “international rebellion” around the world, with action taking place in cities including Berlin, Madrid, Amsterdam and New York.

In the UK, Extinction Rebellion is calling on the Government to declare a climate and ecological emergency, to act immediately to halt wildlife loss and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero by 2025.

Extinction Rebellion's latest action kicks off today

  Extinction Rebellion's latest action kicks off today Thousands of activists are expected in London with further protests planned in 60 world citiesThe rebellion will be mirrored in 60 cities around the world, from Dublin to Buenos Aires, in a series of actions that activist groups expects to be its biggest campaign of disruption so far.

Extinction Rebellion protesters carrying a casket during the mock funeral for fashion last month.CreditAlexander Coggin for The New York Times. Gathering behind a band and giant painted coffin, they slowly processed en masse down the Strand, shutting down traffic on the busy

EXTINCTION Rebellion activists today begin a fortnight of disruption in London with plans to ' shut down ' Westminster . The group plans to bring London to a standstill and are willing to shut down the heart of the capital until their demands for action on climate change are met.

They also want to see the Government create and be led by the decisions of a Citizens’ Assembly on climate and ecological justice.

Extinction Rebellion protester Caroline Hartnell, 69, from London, said activists were going to be surrounding all the Government ministries.

“We are going to be putting pressure on them – what they are going to do mend the climate emergency, because we are running out of time.

“I have seven grandchildren and the youngest is three. I feel passionately for them (and worry) there is not going to be a world for them to live in.”

Oxford University student Fergus Green, from St Albans, was in the growing crowd of drummers, stewards and flag-waving protesters planning to “shut down Westminster”.

He said: “People are coming from all over the country. I’m here to force the Government to take action on climate change. I’m a student, I should be at uni – my term has started.

“But I’m here to take action. People are missing work and school to be here.”

Map: Where are Extinction Rebellion protesting in London this week? .
Climate change activists Extinction Rebellion began demonstrations across London this morning, kicking off a fortnight of action targeting the government [] The post Map: Where are Extinction Rebellion protesting in London this week? appeared first on CityAM.

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