More than 100 held in climate change protests

A crowd of protesters yesterday gathered in Hyde Park as they prepare to conduct a series of demonstrations in the capital

A crowd of protesters yesterday gathered in Hyde Park as they prepare to conduct a series of demonstrations in the capital Credit Jonathan Brady PA

Almost 300 people have been arrested in ongoing climate change protests in London that brought parts of the British capital to a standstill, police said Tuesday.

Protesters occupied have blockaded five tourist hotspots around London - Marble Arch, Oxford Circus, Waterloo Bridge, Parliament Square and Piccadilly Circus.

Activists had been told they must continue any demonstrations within the Marble Arch area, and police were taking action against protesters in other locations, he said.

The Metropolitan Police said on Tuesday evening that more than 200 people had been arrested over the two days of disruption.

Climate activists yesterday blocked main roads, bridges and thoroughfares throughout central London in a bid to force the government to do more to tackle global warming.

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Activists have also converged onto Parliament Square, where they help up placards and waved flags as speakers took to the stage.

Protesters have been warned by Extinction Rebellion that they could face arrest for blocking traffic, while TfL said Londoners face travel delays. Protesters aim to keep the demonstrations going for two weeks.

"People have come up to us to thank us emphatically", she said. "We must act now".

Scotland Yard said "appropriate policing plans" are in place and officers will be used "to support the public order operation during the coming weeks".

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