Environmental activists block central London roads
16 April, 2019, 06:26 | Author: Kelly Sanders
Some members of the group glued themselves to doors at the headquarters of Shell on Embankment. So far the police appear to be tolerating it, but the organisers say this is far from a one-day event.
Activists are targeting five central locations as they demand the Government declare a climate emergency.
Police said three men have been arrested on suspicion of criminal damage. Campaign group Extinction Rebellion is expecting thousands to join the peaceful protests, which could last for weeks, as they demand the Government takes urgent action on climate change and wildlife declines.
Trees and trucks were used to block the busy Thames crossing as the protests kicked off.
Waterloo Bridge was closed to traffic as protesters sat down in the road, and the group has parked a pink boat in the middle of Oxford Circus, with the slogan "tell the truth".
Others were present in Parliament Square where they unfurled banners, held up placards and waved flags as speakers gave speeches on stage.
Extinction Rebellion said: "We've tried petitions, marches, letters, reports, papers, meetings, even direct actions; and global emissions have continued to rise".
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.
"They can change a few of the laws along with the Paris agreement so that we can really work towards achieving a practical target". They plan to engage in acts of non-violent civil disobedience against governments in capital cities around the world. "If we don't do anything to change this, our children will die".
Activists gathered at Hyde Park yesterday and were encouraged to camp there overnight before a march towards Piccadilly Circus today.
A spokeswoman for The Royal Parks said Extinction Rebellion had not asked for permission to begin the protest in the park and that camping is not allowed.
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