/More than 110 people arrested in London climate change protests

More than 110 people arrested in London climate change protests


April 16, 2019 22:35:12

British police have arrested 113 people after climate change activists blocked some of London’s most famous roads in an attempt to force the Government to do more to tackle climate change.

Key points:

  • Protesters are demanding the Government declare climate change an ecological emergency
  • Organisers held a semi-nude demonstration in Parliament last month
  • Five arrests were made after protesters targeted a Shell building and smashed a revolving door

Thousands of environmental activists brought parts of central London, including Oxford Circus, Marble Arch and Waterloo Bridge, to a standstill on Monday. Some stayed overnight for a second day of protest on Tuesday.

“There have been 113 arrests in total, the majority of which are for breach of Section 14 Notice of the Public Order Act 1986 and obstruction of the highway,” London police said.

Extinction Rebellion, which generated headlines with a semi-nude protest in the House of Commons earlier this month, is leading the protests.

The group is demanding the government declare a climate and ecological emergency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2025.

“I realised that signing petitions and writing letters was not going to be enough. Real action is needed,” said Diana McCann, 66, a retired wine trader from south London, holding a banner in the middle of a traffic-free road.

“It’s like a world war. We have to go on to a war footing.”

Extinction Rebellion wrote to Prime Minister Theresa May on Monday outlining their demands and asking for face-to-face talks, warning that they will escalate their disruptive actions over the coming weeks unless the government acts.

“Make no mistake, people are already dying,” the letter states.

“This crisis is only going to get worse … Prime Minister, you cannot ignore this crisis any longer. We must act now.”

Police said five of those arrested were detained after the Shell building near the River Thames was targeted.

Two protesters scaled up scaffolding to write “Shell Knows!” in red paint on the front of the building and three protesters glued their hands to the revolving doors at the entrance.

Activists said they smashed the glass of a revolving door and caused more than 6,000 pounds ($11,000) worth of damage.

Extinction Rebellion said “over 100 brave rebels” had been arrested in total. It said protests would continue, with demonstrations in 33 countries around the world scheduled over the coming days.