'Extinction Rebellion': Climate change protesters block London transportation

Extinction Rebellion protests

Extinction Rebellion. That's the name of the movement shutting down Central London this week in a series of direct actions, as activists close bridges, occupy public landmarks and even superglue themselves to buildings to demand urgent action to combat climate change.

Environmental activists have climbed on top of a train at Canary Wharf station on the DLR in London, in a further act of civil disobedience.

The Metropolitan police said that they had detained 290 people in connection with the "Extinction Rebellion" protests and that they "expect demonstrations to continue throughout the coming weeks".

"We have no intention of leaving until the government listens to us", he said. "It is absolutely crucial to get more people using public transport, as well as walking and cycling, if we are to tackle this climate emergency - and millions of Londoners depend on the Underground network to get about their daily lives in our city".

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

Extinction Rebellion protests
Climate activists on top of a DLR train

Protestors block the roads in parliament square in London, Wednesday, April 17, 2019, with Big Ben's clock tower shrouded in scaffolding back right. Another demonstrator glued his hand to the train and was later removed by police.

"Buses in central London remain on diversion or stop short of their final destination due to on-going protests", it said.

Mayor Sadiq Khan urged protesters to avoid targeting the city's public transit system.

"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 at the same time we need to take actions that are disruptive so everyone understands the dangers we're facing right now", she explained.

Campaigners want governments to declare a climate and ecological emergency, reduce greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2025, halt biodiversity loss and be led by new "citizens' assemblies on climate and ecological justice".

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