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UK News Extinction Rebellion London protest: 91-year-old man arrested for demonstrating outside Cabinet Office

20:50  09 october  2019
20:50  09 october  2019 Source:   inews.co.uk

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An elderly man has been put in the back of a police van after joining Extinction Rebellion protesters in central London.

John Lymes, 91, was arrested outside the Cabinet Office in Whitehall as part of the ongoing protests and civil disobedience by climate change activists.

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Video posted by radio station LBC shows the man walking slowly with the aid of a stick as he is escorted into the back of a van.

  Extinction Rebellion London protest: 91-year-old man arrested for demonstrating outside Cabinet Office © Provided by Johnston Publishing Ltd

Fellow Extinction Rebellion protesters can be heard shouting "You're a legend!" and chanting "We love you!" as he walks away.

Extinction Rebellion campaigners bring colour and noise to heart of London

  Extinction Rebellion campaigners bring colour and noise to heart of London Some protesters lay under a trailer as police surrounded vehicles.Extinction Rebellion activists, many in fancy dress, began what they said was two weeks of planned disruption, adopting similar tactics to their previous protest in April.

History of protests

John is 91 years old and has just been arrested for protesting outside the Cabinet Office. #ExtinctionRebellion pic.twitter.com/RTHUxIlYdh

— LBC (@LBC) October 9, 2019

It is not known exactly on what grounds the man was arrested, and the Metropolitan Police were unable to confirm the grounds before any charges had been brought.

However Mr Lymes is no stranger to civil disobedience. In September he joined climate protesters in blocking an exit at the Port of Dover.

The pensioner sat in the middle of the road with a flask of coffee before being taken away by officers, The Telegraph reported.

"My generation is responsible for the climate emergency," he said before he got arrested in Kent.

Mass protests continue

A protester holding a pair of placards on Birdcage Walk, outside the Institute of Mechanical Engineers, during the third day of an Extinction Rebellion (XR) protest [Image: PA]The arrest comes as hundreds of police officers are being drafted in from across England and Wales to help the Metropolitan Police deal with the protests, which are now in their third day.

London braces for second day of climate protests

  London braces for second day of climate protests The Prime Minister urges ‘uncooperative crusties’ to abandon climate change protests.Protesters brought chaos for commuters on Monday, closing down several streets around Westminster, as part of coordinated actions taking place around the world.

Protesters have been camped, with tents, banners, food stalls and sound systems, on roads around Parliament Square and Whitehall, calling for urgent action on climate change and wildlife losses.

Metropolitan Police Deputy Assistant Commissioner Laurence Taylor said the police have plans in place to intervene and "deal proactively" with anyone who has the intention of shutting down the airport.

Police surround protesters on top of a wooden structure [Image: PA]And he said more than 80 tonnes of equipment being used for the protests in central London had been seized, including tents, portable toilets and generators.

Police were clearing any sites outside the pedestrian area of Trafalgar Square, after restrictions were put in place to stop disruption in the capital, he said.

Boris Johnson's dad joins in

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In the wake of Prime Minister Boris Johnson calling the protesters "unco-operative crusties", his father Stanley Johnson said the comments were made in humour and he would consider it a compliment to be called a crusty by his son.

After speaking to a substantial crowd at the demonstration in Trafalgar Square, he said that Extinction Rebellion's actions were "tremendously important".

He added: "It is absolutely clear to me that we have been moving far too slowly on the climate change issue."

The civil disobedience group 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.

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

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