Thousands block London roads to demand action on climate change

Saul Bowman
April 17, 2019

Thousands of people blocked four well-known London landmarks on Monday - Waterloo Bridge, Marble Arch, Parliament Square and Oxford Circus - to demand urgent action over the escalating ecological crisis.

Police had asked the campaigners to restrict their protest to Marble Arch after they caused widespread disruption on Monday, the BBC reported.

Among a total of 113 arrests, five people were detained on suspicion of criminal damage at Shell's headquarters.

The figure includes three men and two women who were arrested at the United Kingdom offices of energy giant Royal Dutch Shell on suspicion of criminal damage.

But Extinction Rebellion warned protesters they could face arrest for blocking traffic, while TfL said Londoners face travel delays.

The group held five sites overnight, with protesters on Waterloo Bridge attaching themselves to a lorry to prevent police from being able to move them.

"During this time, the other three arrested earlier in the day have since been taken to police stations and released without charge, and have returned to find their two fellows still unarrested".

CNN noted, "Extinction Rebellion, which launched late previous year with climate protests that shut down five London bridges, made headlines earlier this month when members of the group disrupted a Brexit debate in Parliament with a nude demonstration".

One activist has already been arrested for the actions at the Shell office, out of nine that participated, Extinction Rebellion said.

Extinction Rebellion, the group responsible for the protests, has blocked roads and even spray-painted messages on the head quarters of oil and gas company Shell in London.

Police carried some protesters off Waterloo Bridge.

"We expect demonstrations to continue throughout the coming weeks", the police statement said.

"If we don't take action, the collapse of our civilisations and the extinction of much of the natural world is on the horizon", Attenborough said. "If we don't do anything to change this, our children will die".

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