Published: Tue, October 08, 2019
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Climate protesters block bridges, stage rallies around the world

Climate protesters block bridges, stage rallies around the world

Other protesters lay on streets, did yoga or dressed in "red brigade" outfits reminiscent of Margaret Attwood's Handmaids from her dystopian novel, The Handmaid's Tale.

The UK group has faced more active policing than during actions in April, with protestors today cleared from Lambeth Bridge hours after the protestors occupied the space - a marked change in approach to the spring action in which campaigners were allowed to occupy sites across central London for nearly two weeks.

The ACT group joined fellow protesters around the world in an worldwide rebellion to decry what they say is "the criminal inaction of our federal government regarding the climate emergency".

Similar climate protests are happening in Berlin, Madrid, Amsterdam and other European cities.

London Police say some 135 climate activists have been arrested as the Extinction Rebellion group attempts to draw attention to global warming.

Extinction Rebellion protesters playing steel drums marched from Parliament Square to Trafalgar Square where they plan to kick off two weeks of disruption in the city.

Extinction Rebellion was established past year in the United Kingdom by academics and has become one of the world's fastest-growing environmental movements.

"The Government expects the police to take a firm stance against protesters who significantly disrupt the lives of others and to use the full force of the law".

A few hundred other protesters camped out in 40 tents at the gates of Spain's Ministry of Ecological Transition.

Extinction Rebellion protesters make their way along Wellington's Willis St.


Climate change activist group Extinction Rebellion have been shutting down roads and bridges around the world on Monday in protest for climate justice. Protesters are being led away in handcuffs, photographed by police, searched, and placed in transport vans.

After causing so much disruption to London in April the Metropolitan police is taking additional measures to control the protest this time.

Mr Jukes had spent several hours lying in a suspended hammock, surrounded by Extinction Rebellion and climate emergency flags. "What this means is that the government would rather arrest people than take real action on climate change", one protester told CP24 on Monday afternoon.

The scene was more peaceful at Halifax's Angus L. Macdonald Bridge, even when police moved in about four hours after the demonstration got underway.

Protester Elle van Zeeland told Dutch broadcaster NOS that the group is "staying here until the government meets its obligations".

The activists are running a "Spring Rebellion" series of demonstrations to pressure the Australian government into declaring a climate emergency.

In Paris, hundreds either locked arms or chained themselves together in the city's central square, while in Berlin about 1,000 people gathered before dawn to block the Grosser Stern, a traffic circle in the middle of the German capital's Tiergarten park.

Members of Extinction Rebellion have also set up a camp outside Chancellor Angela Merkel's office ahead of what it called an "international rebellion" starting Monday.

Mr Jukes said he planned to hand himself into authorities following the protest.

Founded in Britain previous year, Extinction Rebellion, also known as XR, now has chapters in some 50 countries.

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