Wed. Apr 1st, 2020

Almost 300 arrested for environmental protest in London

Almost 300 arrested for environmental protest in London

Almost 300 people have been arrested in the last two days in London for the protest of the environmental group Extinction Rebellion, which keeps several roads blocked to demand the government measures to deal with climate change.

According to the police, the agents have arrested 290 people, mostly for not respecting orders from law enforcement agencies to limit their protests to designated places.

The activists have concentrated on three enclaves in the city center, blocking roads, and forcing the transport authorities to divert the routes of several bus lines.

Marble Arch, Oxford Circus and Waterloo Bridge have been chosen by Extinction Rebellion, which promotes measures against the "unprecedented global emergency" of climate change.

In these areas, environmental defenders have installed tents and large posters that warn of the danger posed to the planet by climate change.

The mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, told the media today that, although he "shares the passion" of the activists, he is very worried about the possible plans of the group to alter this Wednesday's subway service in the British capital.

"The continuous demonstrations are causing a serious alteration of public transport, local businesses and Londoners want to do their daily work," he added.

According to the organizers, these protests have also taken place in eighty countries in some 33 countries.

The group, which wants to prolong the concentration for up to two weeks, asks the Executive to declare a climate and ecological emergency, to reduce CO2 emissions to zero by 2025 and to create a citizens' assembly to deal with decisions that affect to global warming.

The activists, with placards that say "The extinction is forever", occupied with banners and different costumes streets of the center of the capital in protests of festive atmosphere.

At the Oxford Circus rally, they also placed a pink boat that reads "Tell the truth."


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