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The Times view on climate protesters: Green Growth

16 April 2019

CNN noted, "Extinction Rebellion, which launched late a year ago with climate protests that shut down five London bridges, made headlines earlier this month when members of the group disrupted a Brexit debate in Parliament with a nude demonstration".

Thousands of environmental activists paralysed parts of central London on Monday by blocking Marble Arch, Oxford Circus and Waterloo Bridge in a bid to force the government to do more to tackle climate change. So far the police appear to be tolerating it, but the organisers say this is far from a one-day event.

More than 100 people have been arrested in London as police deal with ongoing climate change protests, Scotland Yard said.

At Oxford Circus, protesters unveiled a pink boat that says "TELL THE TRUTH" and on Waterloo Bridge demonstrators brought trees, hanging baskets and skate ramps. "What's unbelievable about this is for 30 years you have just had that closing up of public space - "you can't do this, you can't do that, you've got to finish then".

A spokesperson for Extinction Rebellion said: "Ordinary citizens, terrified by the threat we all face to our future, will risk arrest and imprisonment by blocking bridges, roads, harbours and transport systems". "We are here tonight to declare that we do not wish to be at war".

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The group wrote to the Theresa May on Monday outlining their demands and asking for talks.

Financial Times also noted that Extinction Rebellion makes a point of having demonstrators arrested; in the last six months or so, over 200 people affiliated with the movement have been arrested. They plan to engage in acts of non-violent civil disobedience against governments in capital cities around the world.

But later on Monday the Met issued an order under section 14 of the Public Order Act, which allows conditions to be imposed on public processions and assemblies.

The campaign group said that "over 100 courageous rebels" had been arrested, some willingly.

The Metropolitan Police have said they have "appropriate" plans in place and that officers will be used "to support the public order operation during the coming weeks".

The Times view on climate protesters: Green Growth