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MORE than 1,000 climate change protesters have been arrested over the past week at Extinction Rebellion demonstrations in London, police said today.
Scotland Yard has revealed that 1,065 people have been arrested in condition with the actions by the anti-climate change group, with 53 charged.
Three Extinction Rebellion activists who glued themselves to a London Overground train have been remanded in custody and are awaiting trial, scheduled for May 16.
Waterloo Bridge was reopened by the police last night after ending an occupation that started last Monday.
Other “rebellion sites” held by the group include in Marble Arch, Oxford Circus and Vauxhall Bridge.
Influential trip-hop group Massive Attack played an impromptu set for the protesters at Marble Arch last night, and Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old environmental activist from Sweden who started the school strike for climate movement, told the protesters that they were “making a difference.”
However, the London Bridge occupation was forcibly ended by the police at the same time, with the final protester being removed at around 10pm.
Extinction Rebellion demands that the government formally recognise the scale of the danger that climate change poses to the world’s population.
It also wants the government to establish a viable plan to completely decarbonise the economy by 2025 and is pressing for climate change to become a far more important part of the national curriculum.
Over 100 Extinction Rebellion protesters held a “die-in” under a skeleton of a blue whale at the Natural History Museum today.
At a “citizens’ assembly” at the Marble Arch site, leading members of the group discussed how to advance the movement, with members considering whether or not they should stop their direct action protests.
Some suggested opening a dialogue with London Mayor Sadiq Khan and the police in order to secure a permanent protest base, while others argued for “pausing” the rebellion.
A Extinction Rebellion spokesperson warned that if the government does not agree to negotiate, the disruption could grow “much worse.”
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