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PRIME MINISTER Boris Johnson suffered another humiliating blow today after his father joined thousands of climate change protesters in London.
Stanley Johnson turned out to the Extinction Rebellion (XR) activists in Trafalgar Square days after his son dismissed activists as “uncooperative crusties” and “denizens of the heaving hemp-smelling bivouacs.”
Johnson senior’s turnout comes just a month after the PM’s brother Jo Johnson quit his ministerial role because of “unresolvable tensions” over Brexit.
And the PM’s sister Rachel Johnson also criticised her brother’s “tasteless” and “reprehensible” comments after he told the Commons to honour the memory of murdered Labour MP Jo Cox, who was a remain supporter, by delivering Brexit.
Labour MP Emma Dent Coad told the Star that the PM “would be embarrassed if he was embarrass-able.”
Ms Dent Coad, who joined protesters on Tuesday outside the Ministry of Defence, laughed off the possibility of Mr Johnson turning red at his father’s appearance at the major XR action against climate change, adding: “It’s impossible to embarrass the man.”
Mr Johnson senior is not the only Tory to make an appearance at the protests.
Lord Andrew Fraser stepped out of his home in his dressing gown and slippers to yell at protesters banging drums on Tuesday.
Hundreds of police officers from 43 forces in England and Wales were drafted in for the third day of the international action as the arrest toll reached over 600.
The day was kicked off with the arrests of several elderly activists, including a 91-year-old, outside Downing Street for refusing to move.
Tents and gazebos set up behind the PM’s residence at No 10 were dismantled, and protesters dragged from the road by officers.
Mothers staged a mass breastfeeding near Parliament Square to “plead for the lives” of their children. Parents parading their prams were momentarily stopped by officers from joining the breastfeeding mothers, leading to a stand-off.
Other protesters built a wooden structure on Birdcage Walk by St James’ Park and attached themselves to the top with chains, which were then broken through by police with bolt cutters.
Police surrounded a giant floating octopus led by protesters and marched it back to Trafalgar Square, where the Met is trying to contain the protest within.
Activists who set up camps in other areas continued to resist threats of arrest if they did not move. Met Police deputy assistant commissioner Laurence Taylor said six of the 12 sites had been cleared.
Around 80 tons of equipment outside of the pedestrian area in Trafalgar Square have been seized by the police.
XR protesters plan to shut down City Airport in east London for three days from today (Thurs).
The demonstrators say they want to disrupt “business as usual” at the airport and target continued government support for airport expansion.
While the government continues to try “reducing disruption” and calm the protests, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn praised wind power as “the future” after announcing plans to create 67,000 jobs and 37 new wind farms.
Labour’s 10-year plan for a “green industrial revolution” will also bring 20 per cent of public profits pumped into coastal regeneration, Mr Corbyn said.
The funds, estimated at between £600 million and £1 billion per year, will be spent on projects decided by the communities such as libraries, parks, youth centres or nurseries.
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