Friday, 26 April, 2019

Climate-change protesters disrupt London docklands train service

The road is blocked by demonstrators during a climate protest at Marble Arch in London Tuesday Extinction Rebellion Group Urge for ‘Radical Change’ to Defy Climate Change
Sandra Phillips | 17 April, 2019, 16:25

Transport officials said services were delayed.

They also shut down the Tube's Wi-Fi network this morning as a preventative measure to stop activists from coordinating between different Underground stations.

The group advocates non-violent civil disobedience to force governments to reduce carbon emissions and avert what it says is a global climate crisis that will bring starvation, floods, wildfires and social collapse.

The Extinction Rebellion group has ratcheted up its protests in recent weeks, blocking Marble Arch, Oxford Circus and Waterloo Bridge, smashing a door at the Shell building and shocking lawmakers with a semi-nude protest in parliament.

"The safety of our customers and staff is our number one priority and we're already working closely with the police to manage the impact on London's transport network".

The mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said that while he shared the passion of the protesters about the urgent need to tackle climate change, he was "extremely concerned" about plans to disrupt the underground.

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Police have arrested more than 300 people since Monday during protests by the group Extinction Rebellion.

Activist Katy Fowler, 39, from Machynlleth in Wales, said reaction from the public had been very positive.

"We have no intention of leaving until the government listens to us", he said.

Climate change protesters have glued themselves to a train and blocked major London intersections on the third day of a civil disobedience campaign. "We so far have 55 bus routes closed and 500,000 people affected as a result ... we are satisfied that this threshold has been met and this course of action is necessary".

Activists had been told they must confine any demonstrations to the Marble Arch area, and police were taking action against protesters in other locations. It is calling on the United Kingdom government to reduce carbon emissions to zero by 2025 and establish a citizens' assembly to devise an emergency plan of action to tackle climate breakdown and biodiversity loss.

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