London police arrest 21 climate change protesters as mass action starts

Rob Cooper former Police Chief Superintendent and now a supporter of Extinction Rebellion

Rob Cooper former Police Chief Superintendent and now a supporter of Extinction Rebellion

One of the devices protesters used to block the Victoria Bridge.

"People should take these names and the photos of these people and distribute them as far and wide as they can so that we shame these people", Australian Home Affairs Miniser Peter Dutton said on radio last week, referring to the Extinction Rebellion protesters.

The Extinction Rebellion movement is planning a "spring rebellion" as part of an "international wave" of civil disobedience that will peak with a fortnight of protests in London.

Similar demonstrations were taking place in Berlin, Sydney, Amsterdam and Madrid on Monday, and organizers said more were expected in up to 60 cities around the world, including NY and Washington, D.C., as part of what they called an "international rebellion".

"Many people around the world can't protest because they haven't got the resources or the time, or they're scared of the harm it might cause them", he added.

Climate crisis activists gather in Battery Park during Extinction Rebellion demonstrations in NY.

"We have no choice but to rebel until our government declares a climate and ecological emergency and takes the action that is required to save us".

The environmental campaigners, known as XR, seek to draw attention to the "climate emergency" and want to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2025.

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"There will be broad disruption of business as usual", said a New York-based Extinction Rebellion spokesman.

Here's a look at what's happening across the country.

The action, which follows similar protests in London in April, is due to continue for two weeks. The National Police said 33 activists were taken to their premises and three were arrested for resisting orders by anti-riot officers.

The Macdonald bridge was reopened to traffic by mid-day. Eight people were arrested during the raid.

In Toronto, activists gathered near Danforth and Cambridge Avenue before making their way to the Bloor Viaduct bridge.

Police kept the peace between activists and angry drivers, some of whom got out of their cars to yell obscenities.

The protesters belonged to a climate activism organization named Extinction Rebellion, according to CNBC.

The group has also planned demonstrations at Playter Gardens Park.

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Hundreds of activists blocked a central square in Paris.

Thirty minutes later the blockade was cleared and traffic began flowing freely.

Protests organised by the group Extinction Rebellion have been held in most capital cities, including Perth.

Climate activists block the Walterdale Bridge during morning commute in downtown Edmonton on Monday, Oct. 7, 2019.

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney criticized the protesters on Twitter, saying they were preventing workers from reaching their jobs and barring parents from taking kids to school.

They are backed by Thunberg, the Swedish teenager whose searing United Nations address in September made worldwide headlines, and by academics studying the rising temperatures and sea levels.

In Vancouver, activists are expected to shut down the Burrard Bridge at 8:30 a.m. Commuters are advised to expect delays and plan ahead.

"The decision was made with the group that is here demonstrating today that it was necessary ensure the safety of all involved, that the bridge would need to be closed down, and that does include both the pedestrian and cyclist lane".

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