Extinction Rebellion protests block London bridges

17 November 2018 — BBC

[This from the BBC. It takes acts of ‘civil disobedience’ for the BBC to report such events, when it’s about climate change. Extinction Rebellion]

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Image copyright AFP Westminster Bridge is one of the five bridges that has been blocked by protesters

Protesters have blocked off five major bridges in central London as part of a so-called “rebellion day”.

Hundreds have gathered in central London to demand the government takes greater action on climate change.

Demonstrators have occupied Southwark, Blackfriars, Waterloo, Westminster and Lambeth bridges, causing “significant” traffic issues in the capital.

The mass protest follows a co-ordinated week of action around the UK by campaign group Extinction Rebellion.

Protesters glued themselves to the gates of Downing Street on Wednesday.

At the start of the week, activists blockaded the UK’s energy department by chaining themselves together on the pavement.

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Waterloo Bridge was the first bridge to be blocked off

Large groups of people holding banners began congregating on the five bridges from 10:00 GMT before blocking off the traffic.

The Met said the protests had caused “significant traffic disruption” although the bridges remained open to pedestrians.

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Copyright PA There is a large police presence on all five bridges

Tiana Jacout, of Extinction Rebellion, said the bridge blockages were “not a step we take lightly” but “if things continue as is, we face an extinction greater than the one that killed the dinosaurs”.

“We have tried marching, and lobbying, and signing petitions. Nothing has brought about the change that is needed,” she said.

It is believed about 50 people have been arrested for taking part in action over the last week.

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