Hundreds of arrests in London as climate protest enters third day – POLITICO

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Police officers remove a protester as activists from the Extinction Rebellion campaign group block Waterloo Bridge in central London | Neil Hall/EPA

The Extinction Rebellion wants the British government to declare a climate emergency.



London Police said today that more than 300 people have been arrested in climate protests that have gridlocked the core of the British capital this week.

The so-called Extinction Rebellion protests begun on Monday, with thousands of demonstrators blocking four central locations  — Marble Arch, Oxford Circus, Waterloo Bridge and Parliament Square — “round the clock until Government acts on Climate Emergency,” the group said in a press release.

Smaller protests are also taking place in other British cities.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said today that while he shares climate change concerns, he doesn’t support the group’s tactics.

“Bear in mind, that you don’t want to inadvertently cause damage to your cause by putting people off because of the way you’re protesting,” he told LBC radio.

The protests are creating traffic chaos in London, and today the protesters said they planned to target rail networks; campaigners glued themselves to a commuter train this morning.

“We will not tolerate any activity which disrupts the millions of passengers who rely on…

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