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Extinction Rebellion continues uprising despite mass arrests

POLICE arrested more than 300 Extinction Rebellion protesters in London today while demonstrations continued in their “uprising” against the government’s inaction over climate change.

Three protesters glued themselves to a Docklands Light Railway train, causing minor delays at Canary Wharf station.

Extinction Rebellion warned the day before that they would “non-violently disrupt Tube services” if no government minister met a representative of the group.

As a result, the British Transport Police ordered Transport for London to turn off the free Wi-Fi network at London Underground stations to deter copycat actions and protesters from organising.

Outside Jeremy Corbyn’s house in north London, four protesters who claimed to be supporters of the Labour leader glued themselves together and sat in front of his garden fence with a note saying: “We’re sorry.”

They said it was a bid to get him to commit to declaring a “climate emergency” and to support their aims to eradicate carbon emissions by 2025.

Extinction Rebellion protesters and their supporters will be entering their fourth day of action tomorrow in the capital.

They have been blocking traffic at Marble Arch, Waterloo Bridge, Parliament Square and Oxford Circus. Protesters have also set up camps and opened up craft workshops and free food stalls.

At Parliament Square, a “people’s podium” was set up to allow for discussion and the streets were covered in chalk drawings.

The aim of the protests is to force the government to pay attention to climate change and intend to create a carnival-like “uprising” to raise public attention about the “ecological crisis.”

New West End Company chief executive Jace Tyrell said that the protests were having a heavy financial impact in London’s high streets, estimating that it lost £12 million today.

The police have ordered the demonstrators to restrict their protest camps to Marble Arch. They also warned that they will be removing protesters at Waterloo Bridge and Oxford Circus in a controlled plan, and those who did not comply would be arrested.  

However, this did not deter supporters of the group, who claims that “thousands” of its activists are ready to face arrest and imprisonment to highlight the challenges of climate change.

At the Oxford Circus demonstration, Heather Jacques told the Star: “A night in the cells wouldn’t scare me half as much as ignoring the future our kids face if we don’t force our government to act now.

“Very little can worry you once you recognise the scale of the problem we’re facing with climate change and, if more of us don’t act then we will be sleepwalking into catastrophe.”

At Parliament Square, pensioner Len Wiseman told the Star that he was briefly stopping by at the demonstration to “do his bit” before going to meet his son.

He said: “I’m no fan of disruption and I wouldn’t support anything that would cause inconvenience, usually.

“But I thought to myself – if this is what it takes, then this is what it takes. You have to applaud these young folks, really, everything that they’re doing. I wish them all the very best of luck.”

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