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Thousands of activists block London roads to demand action on climate change

Thousands of activists block London roads to demand action on climate change”

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".

Police stood by as activists dragged trees in pots on to the bridge to create what they called a "garden" in the middle of the road.

The first human roadblock closed Waterloo Bridge to traffic in both directions on Monday morning before protesters descended onto the roads at Oxford Circus and Marble Arch.

Organisers said: "The International Rebellion begins and Extinction Rebellion will be bringing London to a standstill for up to two weeks". The movement, which is demanding the Government takes urgent action on climate change and wildlife declines, has been backed by Dame Emma Thompson and Dr Rowan Williams. Activists are targeting five central locations as they demand the Government declare a climate emergency. They plan to engage in acts of non-violent civil disobedience against governments in capital cities around the world.

One user wrote: "I don't care if Extinction Rebellion protest Climate Change but for god's sake, don't block the traffic!"

Demonstrators arrived at London's Hyde Park yesterday, some having journeyed to the city on foot in recent weeks from various parts of the UK.

Hundreds of protesters slept in tents in Hyde Park overnight and many more from around the United Kingdom are expected to join them at five makeshift camps across London for the protest, expected to last at least a week.

More than 80 cities in 33 countries will hold similar events in protest about environmental issues, they said.

But police said no arrests were made overnight after earlier explaining their operational response to camping "would be dependent on what if any other issues might be ongoing at the time".

Police advised Londoners to leave extra time for their journeys because of possible delays caused by the protest.



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