UK climate protesters glue themselves to train to disrupt morning commute

17 April, 2019, 18:25 | Author: Myra Gill
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"Targeting public transport in this way would only damage the cause of all of us who want to tackle climate change, as well as risking Londoners' safety and I'd implore anyone considering doing so to think again".

London Mayor Sadiq Khan urged the climate change demonstrators to protest peacefully and lawfully as they caused chaos on the capital's public transport services.

Climate group Extinction Rebellion has ratcheted up its protests in recent weeks, blocking Marble Arch, Oxford Circus and Waterloo Bridge, smashing a door at the Shell building and shocking lawmakers with a semi-nude protest in parliament.

Extinction Rebellion's efforts to disrupt London public transport are in to their third day with protesters gluing their hands to the sides of a Docklands Light Railway train in Canary Wharf, while two people climbed on top to unfurl a banner reading: "Climate Emergency".

Some passengers shouted at the pair to get off whilst police headed for the scene.

The move comes amid reports that activists from Extinction Rebellion (XR) would glue themselves to Underground trains to bring travel to a standstill.


Protestors block the roads in parliament square in London, on April 17, 2019, with Big Ben's clock tower shrouded in scaffolding back right.

"Units are in the process of responding, including specialist teams trained in protest removal", a spokesperson for British Transport Police (BTP) said. Within minutes of the action, Transport for London's website reported "delays between Bank and Lewisham due to a customer incident at Canary Wharf".

But on Wednesday morning the group said it would disrupt one London overground line at 11am in a move it called "the Pause". "As with a labor strike, economic disruption is key in forcing the government to come to the table and negotiate our demands".

"We so far have 55 bus routes closed and 500,000 people affected as a result", the police said.

"This additional pressure is deeply damaging to London's economy and reputation", said Jace Tyrrell, chief executive of the New West End Company, which represents businesses in the area. But she told BBC radio that "we need to take actions that are disruptive so everyone understands the dangers we're facing right now".

The group, which is founded by British activists, has three aims: the first is to get governments to declare a "climate emergency", reduce net greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2025, and for citizens' assemblies to lead the government on climate and ecological justice.

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