Published: Wed, April 17, 2019

Sadiq Khan GRILLED over London climate protests - 'Why haven't YOU done more?'

Sadiq Khan GRILLED over London climate protests - 'Why haven't YOU done more?'

More than 300 have been arrested in 48 hours.

Transport for London said there were minor delays on a branch of DLR services "due to a customer incident" at Canary Wharf. Protesters boasted of keeping hold of their four strongholds of Parliament Square, Waterloo Bridge, Marble Arch and Oxford Circus where they have continued to gather all day.

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"I protested myself a few weeks ago campaigning and lobbying for the British people to have a final say on whether we should stay in the European Union, and be given the option on what Parliament has voted for".

"We're working closely with the police to manage the impact of disruption to London's transport network", a TfL spokesperson said.

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. "We will restore access as soon as we are able to do so".

A Transport for London spokesman said it was aware of plans for demonstrations on the Underground and urged people to check for travel updates before setting off.

In a Twitter post, he said: "Targeting public transport in this way would only damage the cause of all of us who want to tackle climate change, as well as risking Londoners' safety and I'd implore anyone considering doing so to think again". Organisers said protests had taken place or were planned in 80 cities across 33 countries - from India to Australia, and around Europe and the US.

The protests were organised by the campaign group Extinction Rebellion, which was established a year ago in Britain by academics and has become one of the world's fastest-growing environmental movements.

The group, which is founded by British activists, has three aims: the first is to get governments to declare a "climate emergency", reduce net greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2025, and for citizens' assemblies to lead the government on climate and ecological justice.

It has made 290 arrests in a bid to clear routes after ordering the protesters to confine demonstrations to Marble Arch in an effort to keep London traffic running.

"In order to impose this condition, the Met required evidence that serious disruption was being caused to communities in London".

"It is absolutely crucial to get more people using public transport, as well as walking and cycling, if we are to tackle this climate emergency", Khan said.

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