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London climate-change street protest arrests reach 290 on second day

17 April 2019

Extinction Rebellion activists today stepped up their London protests by targeting the capital's transport network, clambering on top of the carriage of a Docklands Light Railway train to unfurl a banner reading "Climate Emergency". Thousands have taken part in the movement, which calls for urgent action to fight humans' warming of the Earth's atmosphere.

Transport for London said there were minor delays on a branch of DLR services "due to a customer incident" at Canary Wharf.

Since Monday, the "Extinction Rebellion" has blocked areas at Marble Arch, Waterloo Bridge, Parliament Square and Oxford Circus.

After Extinction Rebellion threatened to disrupt the city's public transport network, Transport for London disabled wifi on the underground at the request of the British Transport Police.

The group advocates non-violent civil disobedience to force governments to reduce carbon emissions and avert what it says is a global climate crisis that will bring starvation, floods, wildfires and social collapse.

"We're working closely with the police to manage the impact of disruption to London's transport network", a Transport for London representative told The Guardian.

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Police said they expected the demonstrations to continue in coming weeks and had to strike the right balance between allowing the right to peaceful protest while ensuring disruption was kept at a minimum.

The events in London are part of an worldwide "climate rebellion" organised by Extinction Rebellion.

Travel disruption has been reported at a busy commuter station in London as a third consecutive day of protesting over climate change has got underway.

"People have come up to us to thank us emphatically", she said.

Campaigners have been ordered to restrict their protests to Marble Arch after they caused widespread... It is calling on the United Kingdom government to reduce carbon emissions to zero by 2025 and establish a citizens' assembly to devise an emergency plan of action to tackle climate breakdown and biodiversity loss.

Yesterday the Metropolitan Police warned the protests had closed 55 bus routes and affected half a million people.

London climate-change street protest arrests reach 290 on second day