Extinction Rebellion: Environmental protests halt traffic

A crowd of protesters yesterday gathered in Hyde Park as they prepare to conduct a series of demonstrations in the capital

A crowd of protesters yesterday gathered in Hyde Park as they prepare to conduct a series of demonstrations in the capital

Thousands of people are expected to take to the streets of central London on Monday, blockading some of the United Kingdom capital's busiest roads and bridges, and gluing themselves to street furniture, to raise the alarm over a mounting climate crisis.

Members of campaign group Extinction Rebellion have also parked a boat at Oxford Circus, and blocked Marble Arch as part of a global day of action.

Thousands of people are expected to take the streets of London on Monday, blocking traffic and disrupting "business as usual" in the capital to demand action over the escalating ecological crisis.

Roadblocks will continue night and day at each site and the demonstrators say the protests could last at least five days. They have left us with no other option.

The movement has received support from actress and activist Dame Emma Thompson and former archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams.

He said: "We are here tonight to declare that we do not wish to be at war".

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Ms Thompson has previously said of the demonstrations: "It is time to stand up and save our home". They plan to engage in acts of non-violent civil disobedience against governments in capital cities around the world.

Demonstrators arrived at London's Hyde Park yesterday, some having journeyed to the city on foot in recent weeks from various parts of the UK.

More than 80 cities in 33 countries will hold similar events in protest about environmental issues, they said.

Hundreds of protesters slept in tents in Hyde Park overnight and many more from around the United Kingdom are expected to join them at five makeshift camps across London for the protest, expected to last at least a week.

A spokeswoman for The Royal Parks said Extinction Rebellion had not asked for permission to begin the protest in the park and that camping is not allowed.

A spokesman urged travellers to allow extra journey time as road closures and disruptions to the travel network were expected. No arrests have been made.

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