Climate protesters march in London again; arrests hit 710

This is the fifth day of protests

This is the fifth day of protests

It wants the Government to declare a climate emergency and take action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2025.

"I'm extremely concerned about the impact the protests are having on our ability to tackle issues like violent crime if they continue any longer", he said. On Sunday night police continued their operations, moving to remove the last activists who had glued themselves to the bridge and to each other.

Almost a thousand people have been arrested in London since an environmentalist protest has started a week ago, British police said Sunday.

Commissioner Cressida Dick has condemned the "miserable disruption" inflicted on Londoners, urging the activists to protest lawfully or go home.

Campaigners - who have only been given permission to demonstrate at Marble Arch - have continually broken the law since then, occupying Oxford Circus, Waterloo Bridge and Parliament Square. At one stage, officers used an angle grinder to cut through a metal pipe connecting two protesters to each other.

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The intersection was calm yesterday as bank holiday shoppers mingled with protesters, asking questions about the movement and its tactics.

"We are determined to keep the airport operating."Heathrow said it was "working with the authorities to address any threat of protests which could disrupt the airport".

Most of the disruption to the city has come from protesters gathering outside their designated protest zone at the Marble Arch. Activists converged upon the Oxford Circus shopping district where police have worked to tear down blockages and signs set up by the activists, Reuters reported.

The force announced that on Friday that it had renewed the order requiring protesters to clear Waterloo Bridge for a further three days.

Tensions rose between frustrated motorists and members of Extinction Rebellion who blocked traffic on the crossing outside Sheffield railway station on Sheaf Street on March 19.

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Catholic priest Father Joseph Gormley, who read the last rites for McKee, told BBC radio: "This rioting was clearly orchestrated". CCTV footage released by the police on Friday shows McKee standing in a crowd of civilians next to police vehicles.


Michelle, 30, and Lee, 31, from St Helens in Merseyside, were eager to speak to activists during an Easter break in London after watching the campaign unfold on TV during the week.

Today the majority of climate change protesters at Oxford Circus were finally moved on by police - only to go to Hyde Park instead, where thousands are celebrating an global cannabis day.

"Jesus went to Jerusalem knowing he was going to be arrested and believing that he had to be to bring about the change that was necessary".

"If the government listens, they might fly less planes and drive less cars", he added.

A Force spokesman said: "Arrested people are being taken to custody suites across London".

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