Large climate change protests in London and other cities

Nellie Chapman
October 9, 2019

Police arrested 152 people on Monday, taking the two-day total to 471. "Today, Oct. 7, is what they call "global rebellion" which is a series of direct actions, non-violent, peaceful protests that are occurring all around the world to draw attention to the urgency of the climate crisis", one protester, who identified himself only as Kevin, told CP24.

Julie was one of several local activists who spoke to Wigan Today about their reasons for joining in the action, speaking of her concern about declining wildlife numbers and the need for urgent action for the future of the planet.

"Police are really, really heavy on us", Sophie Cowen, a spokesperson for Extinction Rebellion, the group behind the protests, told CBS News, moments after a demonstrator was hauled off by police on London's Westminster Bridge.

Ms Platt went on to accuse the Government of having "deaf ears" over the issue. In London, police arrested at least 20 people Monday as protesters have vowed to close down Parliament and Trafalgar Square.

The protests are the latest stage in a global campaign for tougher and swifter steps against climate change coordinated by the group, which rose to prominence in April when it snarled traffic in central London for 11 days.

The Metropolitan Police said a 24-hour plan for policing the demonstrations is in place.

However, their appeal has been met with criticism, with some saying the activists should have been more prepared for their two-week-long protest.

In London, police arrested 276 activists from the Extinction Rebellion group as they blocked bridges and roads in the city centre, and glued themselves to cars, while protesters in Berlin halted traffic at the Victory Column roundabout.

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"I am afraid the security people didn't want me to come along tonight because they said the road was full of uncooperative crusties", he said, using a slang term for eco-protesters.

"I don't know that shutting the city down necessarily wins you many friends", Victoria's State Premier Daniel Andrews said, while defending their right to protest.

At lunchtime on Monday, another 300 people blocked Berlin's central Potsdamer Platz, placing couches, tables, chairs and flowerpots on the road.

In Amsterdam, police were lining up empty city buses to take the arrested demonstrators away as they tried to clear a major thoroughfare in the afternoon.

The prime minister talked up New Zealand's track record on climate change action.

Activists set up tents in Paris, occupying a major square and blocking traffic along a bridge near city hall.

In a friendly atmosphere, in the rain, they held a citizen's assembly in the middle of Tuesday morning to discuss the day's activities and the logistical organization of the camp.

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