Extinction Rebellion: 113 arrests amid climate change protest

Extinction Rebellion: 113 arrests amid climate change protest

Over 100 climate change activists have been arrested as protests continued overnight.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

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

The number of people held over the Extinction Rebellion demonstrations surged overnight after a police order restricted the protesters to a site at Marble Arch.

Following disruption in the capital on Monday, groups lingered on Waterloo Bridge and Parliament Square into the early hours of Tuesday.

Transport for London warned that some roads in Westminster and the West End remained blocked as the rush hour approached.

Police said that as of 6am there had been 113 arrests in total in connection with the demonstrations.

The majority of the arrests were for breaching the order instructing protesters to stay only at Marble Arch.

Five of those arrested - three men and two women - were held on suspicion of criminal damage after protesters vandalised Shell's headquarters on Monday.

Starting on Monday morning, climate change activists had blocked five London locations, including Parliament Square and Piccadilly Circus. 

Protesters have warned that they will continue to cause disruption until their demands are met. 

Their demands include the creation of a Citizens' Assembly and reduce greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2025. 

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