Pre-wedding blessing for Extinction Rebellion protesters

Monday, October 7, 2019

A couple have staged a wedding in the middle of Extinction Rebellion's climate change protest.

Climate change activists Tamsin and Melissa were blessed on London's Westminster Bridge - which is not licensed for weddings - amid protests against the government's approach to climate change.

The ceremony was attended by people taking part in the demonstrations across London today, calling on the government to "act now” on global warming.

One activist told talkRADIO he was taking part because he was "scared" and wanted "to live".

The pair said their vows on Westminster Bridge

There have been 148 arrests in connection with the UK Extinction Rebellion protests so far.

The action in London is one of many protests taking place worldwide under the Extinction Rebellion umbrella.

In Amsterdam today, hundreds of demonstrators blocked a major road outside the Rijksmuseum, one of the city's most popular tourist attractions, and set up tents.

And in Berlin, around 1,000 people blocked the Grosser Stern, a traffic circle in the middle of the German capital's Tiergarten park.

Over the weekend, Extinction Rebellion members set up a tent camp outside Chancellor Angela Merkel's office to prepare for the protests, reflecting dissatisfaction with a climate policy package drawn up last month by her government.

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