Tuesday, 23 July, 2019

London climate change protest

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Patty Aguilar | 16 April, 2019, 11:58

The group is demanding the Government declare a climate and ecological emergency, reduce greenhouse emissions to net zero by 2025 and create a citizen's assembly of members of the public to take charge of decisiobs and address climate change.

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. Police arrested 85 activists that day and organizers say they expect further arrests on Monday.

More than 100 climate change activists have been arrested after blocking roads in central London.

Anna Burton, from Lancashire in northwest England, said she came to the protest to call on big businesses to go carbon neutral and demand a better ecological future for her children.

Savannah revealed that the group had arranged 50 trees to be delivered to Waterloo Bridge and that they would cover the bridge with greenery.

The Royal Parks said Extinction Rebellion had not asked for permission to begin their protests in Hyde Park and repeated camping is not allowed. "What's unbelievable about this is for 30 years you have just had that closing up of public space - "you can't do this, you can't do that, you've got to finish then".

He said: "We are here tonight to declare that we do not wish to be at war".

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The group wrote to the Theresa May on Monday outlining their demands and asking for talks.

"They will be blocking five of the city's busiest and most iconic locations in a non-violent, peaceful act of rebellion where they invite people to join them for several days of creative, artist-led resistance".

"Make no mistake, people are already dying", the letter states.

Last night police imposed conditions on the protesters, restricting them to gathering in the area around Marble Arch.

Scotland Yard said they have "appropriate policing plans" in place for the demonstrations and that officers will be used from across the force "to support the public order operation during the coming weeks".

"In London, people are willing to be arrested and to stay".

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