Emma Thompson, weeping teenagers join climate protest in London

Saul Bowman
April 20, 2019

Teenage protesters staged an emotional protest at political inaction on climate change near London's Heathrow Airport on Friday, a further day of actions that have caused transport snarl-ups in the British capital.

In a letter to the London Mayor, Tyrrell said he is particularly concerned about the disruption piling more pressure on shops and restaurants at a time when high street firms are "already suffering" from poor trading conditions.

Police have said they expect the demonstrations to continue in the next few weeks.

"We are determined to keep the airport operating", he said.

Scotland Yard warned protesters the force has "strong plans" in place with a significant number of officers ready to respond.

More than 1,000 officers have been deployed daily to deal with the protest.

"This is putting a strain on the Met and we have now asked officers on the boroughs to work 12-hour shifts; we have cancelled rest days and our violent crime taskforce have had their leave cancelled", the force said in a statement.

The police have ordered the protesters to confine themselves to a zone within Marble Arch, a space at the junction of Hyde Park, the Oxford Street main shopping thoroughfare and the Park Lane street of plush hotels.

She said: "The police were great, really human, when they lifted me up they were very gentle, the police are doing a great job".

Both people were charged with disorderly conduct and reckless endangerment, police said.

This comes after on Thursday, the police informed about over 420 arrests.

"While people are just carrying on with everyday life, business as usual, climate change is happening around us, and sea level rise is going on". Three demonstrators were arrested after stopping Docklands Light Railway services at Canary Wharf station on Wednesday.

But London is where they have had greater success drawing attention to their demands, which include that British Parliament "act now to halt biodiversity loss and reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2025", while also pushing Parliament to "create and be led by the decisions of a Citizens' Assembly on climate and ecological justice".

In a video shared by the campaign group on Thursday, Ms Thompson urged others to "come and join" the demonstrations.

The protest saw more than a thousand people block off central London's Waterloo Bridge and lay trees in pots along its length.

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