- Title: Climate change activists defy police ban on London protests
- Date: 15th October 2019
- Summary: LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (OCTOBER 15, 2019) (REUTERS) CLIMATE CHANGE PROTESTER SITTING ON WALL OUTSIDE PARLIAMENT, WEARING GAS MASK AND HOLDING SIGN READING (English): "STOP" / TURNING SIGN READING (English): "GO" EXTERIOR OF PARLIAMENT BUILDING / PROTESTER SITTING ON WALL, POLICE GATHERED CROWD GATHERED BEHIND POLICE CORDON POLICEMAN STANDING IN FRONT OF CORDON, ACTIVIST SITTING ON WALL CHERRY PICKER BEING DRIVEN TOWARDS WALL POLICE LOOKING UP / MAN IN CHERRY PICKER SPEAKING TO ACTIVIST ON WALL POLICE OFFICERS LOOKING UP MAN IN CHERRY PICKER REMOVING PROTESTER FROM FENCE POLICE LEADING PROTESTER AWAY BOATS SAILING ON RIVER THAMES CLIMATE CHANGE PROTESTERS DRESSED AS UK PRIME MINISTER BORIS JOHNSON AND PIRATES SAILING IN BOAT PROTESTERS IN BOAT, HOLDING UP SIGN READING (English): "CLIMATE ACTION NOW" VARIOUS OF POLICE BOATS ON RIVER THAMES
- Embargoed: 29th October 2019 18:48
- Keywords: Climate protests UK climate change climate change protest extinction rebellion protests climate change
- Location: LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM
- City: LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM
- Country: United Kingdom
- Topics: Environment,Climate Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA001B17M2BR
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Climate change activists, including from the group Extinction Rebellion, defied a police order to end protests on Tuesday (October 15) after a week of disruption in London, carrying out a wave of demonstrations across the capital.
The group, which uses civil disobedience to highlight the risks posed by climate change and the accelerating loss of plant and animal species, has staged a fresh wave of protest actions in cities from Amsterdam to Melbourne since October 7.
Police ordered a halt to all of the group's protests in London on Monday (October 14), saying those who did not comply would be arrested. They have already made around 1,500 arrests over the past eight days, including more than 90 at a day of actions in the British capital's financial district on Monday.
More than 1,400 people have been arrested in 20 cities in other countries, Extinction Rebellion said.
Police stopped and searched protesters in various locations across the capital, including activists who had assembled to block a road running past the headquarters of the MI5 security service to highlight the risks climate change poses to food security, a Reuters witness said.
(Production: Will Russell, Louisa Naks)
- Copyright Holder: REUTERS
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