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UK News Green Party co-leader Jonathan Bartley arrested taking part in Extinction Rebellion protest

05:45  17 october  2019
05:45  17 october  2019 Source:   inews.co.uk

London police arrest 21 climate change protesters as mass action starts

  London police arrest 21 climate change protesters as mass action starts London police arrest 21 climate change protesters as mass action startsReuters reporters in London's government district of Westminster saw activists block a bridge and several roads as the protests gathered pace.

Among those arrested were Green Party co - leader Jonathan Bartley and George Monbiot, the Extinction Rebellion argues the ban is disproportionate and an unprecedented curtailment of the A government spokesman said the UK was already taking "world-leading action to combat climate

Extinction Rebellion (abbreviated as XR) is a nonviolent global environmental movement with the stated aim of using civil disobedience to compel government action to avoid tipping points in the

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Green Party co-leader Jonathan Bartley has been arrested for demonstrating alongside Extinction Rebellion protesters in Whitehall.

Mr Bartley joined activists in central London on Wednesday, his birthday, to demonstrate against the recent decision to ban climate protests.

The party shared images of him sitting in the middle of the road alongside climate activist George Monbiot and surrounded by other Extinction Rebellion protesters.

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In footage shared online, Mr Bartley is seen continuing to lie on the ground with other protesters as he is approached by a group of police officers.

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The co - leader of the Green Party Jonathan Bartley is among more than 1,500 Extinction Green Party co - leader Jonathan Bartley has reportedly been arrested at the Extinction Rebellion Around 1,000 protesters in Trafalgar Square are now sitting on the floor to take part in a people's

A Green Party co - leader is among the latest people to be arrested as Extinction Rebellion protesters continued to defy a police ban. Green Party co - leader Jonathan Bartley was also arrested after joining climate change protesters on Whitehall. Protesting on his birthday today, Mr

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Protest ban

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He was arrested for blocking a public highway

One officer talks to  him for a short while before hauling Mr Bartley off the ground and putting him in handcuffs before leading him away.

The surrounding crowd cheered and burst into a rendition of Happy Birthday.

The Met Police has enforced section 14 of the Public Order Act to restrict the protest action to Trafalgar Square and, following "continued breaches" of the order, officers began clearing protesters.

Under the rules, any assembly of more than two people linked to the group is now illegal in London.

Protesters have been asked to leave demonstration sites but have flouted the ban - arguing that they should have the right to a peaceful demonstration.

Extinction Rebellion protesters warned to move on or face arrest

  Extinction Rebellion protesters warned to move on or face arrest Scores of activists have blocked roads in Westminster with a makeshift camp, and have vowed they would rather be arrested than surrender.Many of those who blocked Horseferry Road overnight were warned they will be arrested unless they move to nearby Trafalgar Square, as police seek to avoid a second day’s disruption which saw parts of central London virtually cut off to traffic.

Extinction Rebellion demonstrators pack London's Trafalgar Square again despite police threats to arrest them as climate change protestors plan to Protesters have surrounded those lying on the street, chanting 'power to the people' and drumming. Green Party co - leader Jonathan Bartley has

Green Party co - leader Jonathan Bartley and climate change activist George Monbiot were A Green Party co - leader is among the latest people to be arrested as Extinction Rebellion protesters in the Councillor Andree Frieze, Green Party candidate for Richmond South, who took part , said

Jonathan Bartley with climate change activist George Monbiot - both were later arrested

According to the latest Met Police figures, 1,642 people have been arrested in connection with the Extinction Rebellion protests, with 133 people charged.

Led away by officers

During the protest Mr Bartley said: "We cannot go on with HS2 destroying acres and acres of countryside. We cannot go on with subsidising fossil fuels, we cannot go on with our road building programme, we cannot go on even with our nuclear programmes."

He was then cut off by police who lifted him from the ground and arrested him for obstructing the highway.

Mr Monbiot, 56, wrote a column in The Guardian on Wednesday morning in which he said he intended to get arrested because "it's the only real power climate protesters have".

Mr Bartley refused to move off the road when asked by police

The movement has said its tactic is to overwhelm police custody resources by being arrested and refusing bail offers.

Mr Mobiot said at the protest: "I'm here because this is the right thing to do. We have to stand up, we have to make a stand against the destruction of our life support systems.

"Business as usual and politics as usual is just going to destroy our beautiful planet."

A Green Party spokesman said: "Climate chaos will end ecosystems and collapse our society.

"We have just 10 years to reduce our C02 emissions to safer levels and climate protesters are drawing attention to that. We all have a right to peaceful protest and we will continue to act to protect that right and draw attention to instances where democracy is threatened.”

The Met Police refused to confirm or deny the names of those arrested.

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