Extinction Rebellion: Climate change protesters march on Westminster5 min read

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Now climate change mob threaten to wreak havoc for returning MPs as they march on Parliament Square on eighth day of protests

  • Extinction Rebellion group are carrying on their protests in London this week, following chaos last week
  • Today they are marching from Marble Arch to Parliament Square as MPs return from their holidays
  • Several activists have already tied themselves into trees ahead of protests, with police vowing to act

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Climate protesters marched on Parliament today with some tying themselves to trees opposite Big Ben as they carry on the demos which have hit London.

Extinction Rebellion continued their second week of protests, after bringing bringing parts of the capital to a standstill and gluing themselves to trains last week.

More than 1,000 people have been arrested during climate change protests which started on Monday April 15.  The action has seen Waterloo Bridge and Oxford Circus blocked and a ‘die in’ at the Natural History Museum.

Police have told protesters to stick to the terms of the protest after chaos in many areas of the capital last week

Police have told protesters to stick to the terms of the protest after chaos in many areas of the capital last week

The group marched down from Marble Arch, past Hyde Park Corner and Buckingham Palace, to Parliament Square

The group marched down from Marble Arch, past Hyde Park Corner and Buckingham Palace, to Parliament Square

A climate change protester lays in a hammock high in trees in Parliament Square today during the second week of demos

A climate change protester lays in a hammock high in trees in Parliament Square today during the second week of demos

Some of the group carried a coffin as they walked from the Marble Arch camp down to Westminster this morning

Some of the group carried a coffin as they walked from the Marble Arch camp down to Westminster this morning

The group, who are camped in Marble Arch, were split yesterday over whether to continue their action or move to ‘political negotiations’.

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But the faction calling for further protests seem to have prevailed and the group marched on Parliament this morning.  

Scotland Yard has said protesters at Parliament Square must leave a designated area by 11.59pm on Tuesday and warned: ‘Any organiser or person taking part in the protest failing to comply with these conditions or inciting others not to comply with them will be committing an offence and will be liable to arrest.’

The force added: ‘A robust policing plan will be in place for the demonstration.’

Last night, officers cut the main power to the Extinction Rebellion camp in Marble Arch and then removed the sound equipment.

After a police cordon was put in place, officers could be seen taking away the various parts of a sound system, including a mixing desk and amplifiers. 

Meanwhile Greta Thunberg, the Swedish schoolgirl behind youth school ‘climate strikes’, will meet political party leaders in the House of Commons.

The group is turning its attention to Parliament today after shutting down Waterloo Bridge and Oxford Circus last week

The group is turning its attention to Parliament today after shutting down Waterloo Bridge and Oxford Circus last week

Climate change protesters have made homes in the tress of Parliament Square this morning

Climate change protesters have made homes in the tress of Parliament Square this morning

The Extinction Rebellion group marched beneath a cardboard cut-out of David Attenborough this morning

The Extinction Rebellion group marched beneath a cardboard cut-out of David Attenborough this morning

An activist at Marble Arch prepares to march with others to Parliament Square this morning

An activist at Marble Arch prepares to march with others to Parliament Square this morning

More officers were needed to police today's event. The group have been criticised for wasting police time and resources

More officers were needed to police today’s event. The group have been criticised for wasting police time and resources

The 16-year-old Nobel Peace Prize nominee is expected to meet the leaders at around 11.30am before giving a speech at a meeting in Portcullis House at around 2pm.

Miss Thunberg, who has Asperger’s, told an protest in London last week that the world is now facing an ‘existential crisis’.

Tory leadership hopeful Boris Johnson told her she should be protesting in China, where far more carbon dioxide is emitted than in the UK. 

Yesterday, at least 100 protesters laid down under the blue whale skeleton at the Natural History Museum in a stunt organisers called a ‘die in’.

Some protesters, wearing red face paint, veils and robes, remained to give a performance to classical music on the steps beneath the skeleton.

The Metropolitan Police said 1,065 people had been arrested in connection with the demonstrations by 10am on Monday, while 53 of those had been charged.

Olympic gold medallist Etienne Stott was one of the activists arrested as police moved to clear Waterloo Bridge on Sunday evening.

The London 2012 canoe slalom champion was carried from the bridge by four officers at around 8.30pm as he shouted about the ‘ecological crisis’.

A police officer carrying a part of the climate change protesters sound system away from the camp in Marble Arch

A police officer carrying a part of the climate change protesters sound system away from the camp in Marble Arch

An officer carries a large Fender amp away from the Marble Arch camp on Monday evening

Another part of the sound system has to be wheeled away by officers

An officer carries a large Fender amp away from the Marble Arch camp on Monday evening

Parents who were taking their children to the museum expressed anger at the group

Parents who were taking their children to the museum expressed anger at the group

Climate change activist Greta Thunberg, 16, calls for first general strike in almost 100 years 

Teenage climate change activist Greta Thunberg has called for a general strike in the UK

Teenage climate change activist Greta Thunberg has called for a general strike in the UK

The Swedish schoolgirl behind the children’s global warming school boycott is now calling for adults to join them in a general strike.

Greta Thunberg is the 16-year-old whose refusal to go to school because of climate change led to children around the world skipping classes to protest.

She came to Britain last week and spoke to the activists camping out in Marble Arch and causing chaos to London’s transport networks.

Today, Greta will visit the House of Commons to speak to Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and environment minister Michael Gove.

Speaking at an event in London yesterday, she called on the UK to hold a general strike over climate change.

The schoolgirl then told Radio 4’s Today programme this morning that there needs to be ‘a level of panic’ over climate change.

She added: ‘If your house is on fire then that does require some level of panic.

‘You don’t sit talking about insurance claims and rebuilding – you do everything you can to put out the fire.’

The Nobel Peace Prize nominee is also expected to meet the leaders at around 11.30am on Tuesday before giving a speech at a meeting in Portcullis House at around 2pm.

 

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