Extinction Rebellion protest: 100 arrests as London roads blocked


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Police began moving campaigners from Waterloo Bridge in the early hours of Tuesday

More than 100 climate change activists have been arrested for blocking roads in central London amid protests which brought the capital to a standstill.

A second day of disruption is expected as Extinction Rebellion campaigners camped overnight at Waterloo Bridge, Parliament Square and Oxford Circus.

Police ordered them to restrict their protest to Marble Arch after causing widespread disruption on Monday.

The Met said 113 people had been arrested as of 06:00 on Tuesday.

Most were detained on suspicion of public order offences while five people were held on suspicion of criminal damage at Shell’s HQ.

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Potted plants and graffiti remained at Waterloo Bridge overnight

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An order has restricted protesters to gathering in the area around Marble Arch

Transport for London warned bus users that routes would remain on diversion or terminate early.

Extinction Rebellion, which is calling on the government to reduce carbon emissions to zero by 2025, wants to “shut down London” until 29 April in a series of protests.

It called for “reinforcements” to help maintain the roadblock at Waterloo Bridge on Tuesday.

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Oxford Street was void of traffic after activists parked a pink boat in the middle of Oxford Circus

On Monday, a pink boat was parked in the centre of Oxford Circus where some activists locked their arms together with makeshift devices, while oil company Shell’s headquarters on Belvedere Road were vandalised.

Organisers claim protests have been held in more than 80 cities across 33 countries.

The second day of action will include speeches at Parliament Square about how to tackle climate change.

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Police officers said they would make arrests under the Public Order Act if people did not move on when asked to do so

Many people trying to travel across London criticised the disruption, while others said the vandalism was “disgusting”.

Peter Newport said on Twitter: “I agree with freedom of speech but if I can’t get to work its costing me money.”





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