Published: Tue, April 16, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Environmental activists block central London roads

Environmental activists block central London roads

"Make no mistake, people are already dying", the letter states. They thereby imposed a deadweight cost on business and an inconvenience to commuters.

The protests are part of a global campaign organised by the British climate group Extinction Rebellion, with demonstrations planned in 80 cities across 33 countries in the coming days.

On Monday, as thousands of demonstrators clogged the streets of central London to trumpet their concerns about climate change, some went even further, gluing themselves to street furniture.

Activists said they smashed the glass of a revolving door and caused more than 6,000 pounds ($7,900) worth of damage.

"Intentional arrests for criminal damage allow Extinction Rebellion to take this core strategy into the courts", the group said in a statement.

Protesters then gathered outside Oxford Circus Tube station around a bright pink boat, where some used makeshift devices to lock their arms together.

The International Rebellion is meant to force governments to agree to Extinction Rebellion's demands.


Environmental protesters have mobilized to take over five of London's most iconic locations, bringing streets to a standstill, with the aim of forcing the United Kingdom government to take serious action on the "global climate emergency".

Extinction Rebellion wrote to Prime Minister Theresa May on Monday outlining their demands and asking for face-to-face talks, warning that they will escalate their disruptive actions over the coming weeks unless the government acts.

"We are still in this position, and still facing this crisis", she said.

"They can change a few of the laws along with the Paris agreement so that we can really work towards achieving a practical target". Police arrested 85 people that day.

Demonstrators began arriving in Hyde Park on Sunday and while organisers encouraged people to set up camp there overnight, they have been warned they could be breaking the law by doing so under Royal Parks legislation.

Emergency services have been made aware of the plans, said the group.

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