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UK News Police order Extinction Rebellion protesters to stop their action immediately or face arrest

12:00  15 october  2019
12:00  15 october  2019 Source:   walesonline.co.uk

Extinction Rebellion protesters warned to move on or face arrest

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Police have ordered climate change protesters to stop their action immediately or face arrest , in an effort to put an end to more than a week’s disruption in London. Activists with Extinction Rebellion (XR) have been told to leave Trafalgar Square, where many have congregated lawfully since Monday

POLICE have ordered Extinction Rebellion activists to stop their protest immediately or face arrest - as they try to Police said 1,445 people had been arrested during eight days of Extinction Rebellion protests in London. Scotland Yard said protesters had to leave Trafalgar Square by 9am

a group of people that are standing in the snow: Police remove an Extinction Rebellion protester from Trafalgar Square in central London © David Mirzoeff/PA Wire Police remove an Extinction Rebellion protester from Trafalgar Square in central London

Extinction Rebellion protesters have been ordered to immediately stop their action or face arrest as police try to put an end to more than a week's disruption in London.

The climate change protesters have been told to leave Trafalgar Square, where many have congregated lawfully since Monday last week, as police seek to expunge the protesters from the capital.

More than 1,400 people have been arrested during eight days' XR action, with the threat that anyone defying police orders will also be detained.

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Extinction Rebellion protests have "stretched" police resources in London, the Metropolitan Police chief has said. Police have asked activists who have been demonstrating close to the Houses of Parliament in Westminster to move their protests in Trafalgar Square or risk arrest .

Police have been clearing Extinction Rebellion activists from Trafalgar Square after issuing a London-wide ban on the group's climate change protests . In a statement issued on Monday evening, the Metropolitan Police said demonstrators protesting in the capital after 21:00 GMT would be arrested .

a group of people that are standing in the water: Protesters gather their belongings as police work to remove the last of the Extinction Rebellion demonstration in Trafalgar Square © David Mirzoeff/PA Wire Protesters gather their belongings as police work to remove the last of the Extinction Rebellion demonstration in Trafalgar Square

The London branch of XR wrote on Twitter: "Police are clearing peaceful protest in Trafalgar and Vauxhall. They are back-tracking on promises made and, MEPs say, in contravention of UK law, in the national square.

"This is an emergency, and an outrage. The police must respect the law. This is a democracy."

Scotland Yard said activists were told to cease their protests by 9pm on Monday or face arrest.

XR later said in a statement that it would "let the Trafalgar Square go tonight" but added that the "International Rebellion continues".

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Laurence Taylor said: "These conditions have been imposed due to the continued breaches of the section 14 condition previously implemented, and ongoing serious disruption to the community.

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Protesters gather their belongings as police remove the last of the Extinction Rebellion demonstration in Trafalgar Square. Photograph: David Mirzoeff/PA. More than 1,400 people have been arrested during eight days of XR action , with the threat that anyone defying police orders will also

Extinction Rebellion (abbreviated as XR) is an environmental pressure group with the stated aim of using civil disobedience to compel government action on climate breakdown, biodiversity loss

"We have made significant progress in managing Extinction Rebellion's activity at sites across central London over this past week.

"Officers have begun the process of clearing Trafalgar Square and getting things back to normal.

"Today, protesters targeted areas in the City of London, causing further disruption to people and businesses in London's financial district. Police made more than 90 arrests.

"Since the beginning of this operation officers have been working hard to keep London moving. There have been more than 1,400 arrests, and a number of people have been charged.

"The policing operation continues, and we will continue to take action against anyone engaged in unlawful protests at locations targeted by Extinction Rebellion."

a group of people walking on a city street: A young protester standing on a lamp post, in front of The Royal Exchange, London, during an Extinction Rebellion (XR) climate change protest © Jonathan Brady/PA Wire A young protester standing on a lamp post, in front of The Royal Exchange, London, during an Extinction Rebellion (XR) climate change protest

Four people in a so-called peace tent, who had locked themselves together, were cut out of their locks with machinery.

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Extinction Rebellion protests are continuing in London despite police ordering activists to end their gatherings across the capital or risk arrest . The protesters ’ latest actions came after the Metropolitan police imposed conditions under section 14 of the Public Order Act 1986, requiring any

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Pam Williams, 71, glued herself to the spot where her tent stood as police arrived to take it.

She said: "Everyone on the site, despite being the only area of London that was free of the Section 14, was told at about 8.30pm that they had to leave by 9pm or they would be arrested. I just feel like that's very short notice.

"I feel possibly that they've been approached by people we've upset today, maybe the finance sector or the banking sector.

"I'm refusing to leave and I've glued myself to the ground. My husband has taken away the tent, the police haven't got it. I shall stay here until I'm arrested."

Patrick Thelwell, 20, who has been arrested four times, and convicted once with Extinction Rebellion, said the police were getting "desperate".

"They're running out of police cells and resources to keep our message oppressed," he said.

"We're not here against the police, they're just doing their job, they're being really helpful... making sure people's stuff doesn't get lost."

'This is intolerable'

Ellie Chowns, a Green Party MEP, said she was arrested after "standing in solidarity" with protesters in Trafalgar Square.

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EXTINCTION Rebellion protesters are hiding nails and blades in 'lock-in' tubes, police have claimed. The eco-warriors are in the middle of a two-week One officer said: "We're part of the protest release team for Public Order and we're here to get the protesters from wherever they are locked-on whether

Police have announced they have made almost 1,300 arrests of Extinction Rebellion protesters since Monday, as activists hope the weekend will Animal rights activists affiliated with Extinction Rebellion claimed 28 of their supporters were arrested on Saturday morning while attempting to

She said: "We were given notice just a short time ago that this square is no longer allowable for peaceful democratic protest.

"The rules have been changed. No longer is any space in London allowable for peaceful democratic protest.

"This is intolerable. There has been no justification given. The protesters have been peaceful.

"There is no justification for this curtailment of the democratic right to protest for the future of our children."

Fellow MEP Scott Ainslie said Ms Chowns was "singled out" by police for asking officers why Trafalgar Square needed to be cleared.

He told PA: "I turn my back for two minutes to speak with a police officer and when I get back she is being arrested.

"We asked the police the same thing - what has changed? Why are we now being threatened with arrest?"

Mr Ainslie said he and several supporters then travelled to Charing Cross police station, where Ms Chowns was being detained, in a show of solidarity with her.

"We are going to be singing Ode To Joy or something like that so that she can hear us supporting her.

"This whole thing is ridiculous - the protesters have not been in contravention of the law, it has been peaceful throughout."

Police said they imposed the condition to clear Trafalgar Square under Section 14 of the Public Order Act 1986.

At 11.30pm on Monday only around 50 protesters remained in Trafalgar Square and the majority of the activists' infrastructure had been removed.

'Bigger than all of us'

XR said in a statement early on Tuesday the police action had given them a "moment to pause and remember why we are".

It added: "Climate and Ecological Emergency isn't going away and we remain resolute in facing it.

"We urge the Government and the authorities to join us in doing the same. We cannot do it alone.

"This is bigger than all of us."

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