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UK News 80 tonnes of equipment seized as police clear Extinction Rebellion sites

16:20  09 october  2019
16:20  09 october  2019 Source:   msn.com

Extinction Rebellion activists vow to shut down London City Airport as protests continue

  Extinction Rebellion activists vow to shut down London City Airport as protests continue Extinction Rebellion protesters have vowed to shut down City Airport for three days, as environmental demonstrations continue in central London. © Provided by Johnston Publishing Ltd Activists say they will stage a “Hong Kong style” occupation of the terminal building from tomorrow, lying, sitting or gluing themselves in front of the departure and arrival gates at the east London airport.If they do not make it into the terminal, they plan to blockade it from the outside, in protest against the climate impact of flying and the UK government’s ongoing support of airport expansion.

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Police have cleared the remaining Extinction Rebellion activists from Waterloo Bridge in London, despite earlier However, many demonstrators chose to stay at the Waterloo Bridge site , drumming, dancing Police remove a Extinction Rebellion protester from Waterloo Bridge on Sunday evening.

Around 80 tonnes of equipment used by Extinction Rebellion protesters to set up camps in central London has been seized by police.

Officers are clearing any sites outside the pedestrian area of Trafalgar Square after restrictions were put in place to stop disruption in the capital.

They have seized so much equipment – including tents, portable toilets and generators – that it would fill eight 10-tonne lorries.

Two weeks of protest action by Extinction Rebellion began on Monday, occupying 12 sites in and around Westminster.

Speaking to journalists on Wednesday, Metropolitan Police Deputy Assistant Commissioner Laurence Taylor said six of the sites had already been cleared and more than 600 people arrested – more than half the number detained during similar two-week protest action in April.

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Her speech came amid police efforts to forcibly clear Extinction Rebellion protesters from Waterloo Bridge as the group debated whether to continue Extinction Rebellion had earlier said it expected its supporters would be cleared out of the two sites occupied without permission as police prepared

Extinction Rebellion has threatened further acts of disruption at London City Airport, a far smaller transit hub favored by business travelers. The police had found her “lying on an inflatable mattress under an Extinction Rebellion banner” in Parliament Square, the prosecutor said.

a group of people wearing costumes: Police arrest a protester in Whitehall (Jonathan Brady/PA) © Provided by The Press Association Police arrest a protester in Whitehall (Jonathan Brady/PA)

Frontline officers across London have been put on a 12-hour shift pattern to allow colleagues to be moved to cover the protests.

Another 500 officers have been brought in from forces across England and Wales as part of the established mutual aid system for major events.

Mr Taylor said: “We’ve got a very robust policing response to the Extinction Rebellion protests.

“The Met is a very large organisation. We will cope. But there is no doubt it is having an impact on our policing operation more widely.

“We’ve brought in a significant number of officers from communities across London to police central London, and they’re officers who should be working in their local neighbourhoods.”

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  Extinction Rebellion: arrests ahead of fresh protests Police raid London building after shifting to more proactive strategyDays after police warned they would be more pro-active and assertive in dealings with the group, officers from the Metropolitan police’s territorial support group raided a building in south London, where Extinction Rebellion activists were storing equipment to use in this week’s protests.

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In other places, police seized equipment including stages and loudspeakers meant for speeches before they could be put into use. Extinction Rebellion have vowed to make this set of demonstrations much larger, insisting that their demands should be met by the government.

a group of police officers riding on the back of a truck: Police form a cordon around protesters in Whitehall (Jonathan Brady/PA) © Provided by The Press Association Police form a cordon around protesters in Whitehall (Jonathan Brady/PA)

It can take hours to move activists who have trapped themselves with bike locks or glue, and a minimum of four officers is needed to move demonstrators who refuse to stand up when they are arrested.

Mr Taylor said: “This is a really complex policing operation and it takes an awful lot of time to move even a small number of people, let alone the numbers that we are experiencing in London.

“It takes seconds to glue yourself on to something; it can take an hour or more to unglue that person. Where people are locked around their necks with bicycle D-locks, it can take hours to remove those.

“All of this contributes to the length of time it takes us to clear streets.

“We’ve recovered eight 10-tonne lorries’ worth of equipment from the protest groups. That is an enormous amount of property that we’ve seized.”

The protesters are planning to target City Airport on Thursday, but Mr Taylor said: “We have got plans in place should they go and target the airport so that we can intervene and we can deal proactively with anybody with that intention.”

The State Opening of Parliament is also due to take place on Monday.

Asked if the force has any specific plans in place to avoid disruption, Mr Taylor said: “It’s a security operation as well as a public order operation and we have a number of plans in place to ensure that will take place.”

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.

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