Climate activists dragged off Tube train during protest

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Commuters in London faced severe delays this morning as Extinction Rebellion protesters took their demonstration to the Underground network.

Climate change activists climbed on top of trains and glued themselves to carriages at three stations; Stratford, Canning Town and Shadwell.

One 83-year-old activist, who glued himself to a DLR train, said: "I’m a Christian and that really upsets me to see God’s creation being wrecked."

Protesters who climbed on top of a tube train at Canning Town faced backlash from commuters, with some resorting to physically dragging the activists off of the train.

Another demonstrator claimed to have been "attacked by a mob" whilst protesting at the same station.

WATCH: 83-year-old protester glues himself to DLR train

"My arm is cut, I've been kicked, hit in the head with someone's foot," he said.

"I've been hit in the head and kicked on the floor by a mob."

British Transport Police confirmed eight people had been arrested on suspicion of obstructing the railway on Thursday morning and urged commuters not to "take matters into their own hands".

The climate change activists have been protesting in the capital since October 7.

This week, police told protesters they faced arrest if they continued to demonstrate in central London, but they have continued to defy the ban.

Among those continuing to protest was co-leader of the Green Party Jonathan Bartley, who yesterday was lifted from the ground by police and arrested for obstructing the highway in the Whitehall area.

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