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London roads blocked as mass Extinction Rebellion protests continue for second day

Written by on 24/08/2021

Police are responding to Extinction Rebellion protesters who have blocked roads around Parliament Street and Whitehall in Westminster.

It marks the second day of planned protests from the campaign group, which will last for two weeks and take place across London.

A giant pink table erected in the middle of the street had to be dismantled, segments of which were seen being carried off by men in hard hats and blue overalls.

Workers remove a large pink structure blocking the junction of Long Acre and Upper St Martin's Lane in London which was constructed on Monday by environmental activists from Extinction Rebellion.
Image: Workers managed to dismantle and remove a giant pink table blocking the junction of Long Acre and Upper St Martin’s Lane

Protesters had locked their arms in the four-metre structure.

The Metropolitan Police tweeted to say that Extinction Rebellion are causing disruption on the roads.

They said: “Protesters are blocking roads around Parliament Street and Whitehall in #Westminster. We have officers on scene. Their demonstration is causing disruption to traffic which we are working to minimise. Will share updates in due course.”

Extinction Rebellion protests
A man wearing a petrol can as a face mask speaks from the top of a barrel as climate activists from Extinction Rebellion hold a protest outside the offices of HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) in Whitehall, Westminster, central London. Picture date: Tuesday August 24, 2021.
Image: One protester wore a petrol can on his head

Sky correspondent Hannah Thomas-Peter tweeted: “Now both sides of Whitehall blocked. @metpoliceuk not arresting people yet but trying to contain size of group.”

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The protests began on Monday morning, with activists gathering at Trafalgar Square, in what is their fifth mass demonstration.

Campaigners held placards with messages including “Code red, where’s the action” while four people were dressed as the ocean in a warning over rising sea levels.

Gail Bradbrook, the group’s co-founder, gave a speech expressing solidarity with nations that are disproportionately affected by climate change.

On Tuesday Ms Bradbrook admitted in an interview with TalkRadio that she drives a diesel car because she cannot afford an electric vehicle.

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Campaign group Extinction Rebellion (XR) has started a two-week protest with plans to ‘disrupt the city of London’ to highlight climate change.

A spokesman for Met Police declined to give a running total of arrest numbers but said 52 people had been detained for a “variety” of offences as of 10.15pm on Monday.

Activists have scheduled demonstrations at St James’ Park and Piccadilly Circus – similar to those carried out in 2019.

More protests are expected to take place in north and south London.

 Sky News

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