Published: Wed, April 17, 2019
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Travel chaos and more than 120 arrests during London climate change protests

Travel chaos and more than 120 arrests during London climate change protests

Environmental protesters have mobilized to take over five of London's most iconic locations, bringing streets to a standstill, with the aim of forcing the United Kingdom government to take serious action on the "global climate emergency".

Extinction Rebellion said: "We've tried petitions, marches, letters, reports, papers, meetings, even direct actions; and global emissions have continued to rise".

Climate change activists block a road during the Extinction Rebellion protest at Parliament Square in London, Britain April 16, 2019.

Protesters stand on the Shell building during the Extinction Rebellion protest.

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Extinction Rebellion said the protests across London were just some of dozens planned across the world, calling for governments to introduce stricter measures to tackle climate change.

Transport for London have said that said that Marble Arch remains blocked.

He said: "We are here tonight to declare that we do not wish to be at war".

The Metropolitan Police said half a million people have been affected with 55 bus routes diverted.

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The scientist said the group was calling on the United Kingdom government to fulfil three demands: to better inform the public about climate change, to make the country carbon neutral by 2025 and to create a citizens assembly model on environmental issues. As a large group of officers arrived to remove the campaigners, they were met with chants of "We are peaceful what about you?" "We must act now". "Our objective is to create a political crisis, if that means people being arrested and going to jail then so be it".

Reuben James, a 21-year-old Engineering student at Cardiff University, said he usually "wouldn't be against" getting arrested, but he had an exam in two weeks.

Police carried some protesters off Waterloo Bridge.

Five of these came following the vandalism of oil giant Shell's building in London, which saw a window smashed and causing more than £6,000 worth of damage.

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The remaining 117 were on Waterloo Bridge on Monday night and in the early hours of Tuesday, with the majority made for Public Order Act offences and obstructing a highway.

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