London Roads Blocked; Police Arrest 113 Climate Change Activists

Environmental activists block central London roads

Extinction Rebellion: Environmental protests halt traffic

More than 50 climate change protestors arrested yesterday including some who were physically removed from Waterloo Bridge by police.

Marble Arch, Parliament Square and Piccadilly Circus have also been blocked in the protest, which aims to get the government to tell the truth about the extent of climate change, and take action.

The blockades continued throughout the day but as darkness fell officers moved in and began to arrest people on Waterloo Bridge in an effort to clear it.

The Met said 113 people had been arrested as of 06:00 on Tuesday.

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The number includes the arrest of three men and two women who were detained on suspicion of criminal damage outside Shell's building in Belvedere Road, Lambeth.

Blythe Pepino, 34, from Hereford, said: "The objective is to maintain the disruption on the bridge to bring the Government to the table and talk about the climate crisis".

Reuben James, a 21-year-old Engineering student at Cardiff University, said he usually "wouldn't be against" getting arrested, but he had an exam in two weeks.

Four activists chained and glued themselves underneath a lorry parked on Waterloo Bridge, where they had slept overnight.

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Extinction Rebellion plan to carry out disruption protests during tomorrow and Wednesday's morning rush hours.

"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".

Speaking at a meditation on the eve of the protests, Dr Williams said humans had declared war on nature.

"We are mindful of the impact the demonstrations are having on the local communities and are working hard with partners including TfL to keep London moving and open for businesses and visitors alike". The actions were created to draw attention to the use and production of fossil fuels.

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"This set the stage for an evening performance by Nick Mulvey, with an estimated 300 or so rebels still holding the Arch by 8.30pm".

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