Extinction Rebellion protests block roads in London
Climate activists blocked traffic near Leicester Square on Monday (August 23) by chaining themselves to a car with a giant pink table erected in the middle of the street.
Today, for a second day, activists are seen marching the streets of central London and police vans echo loud speaker warnings to protesters, some of whom are have chained themselves together, whilst others have blocked the road outside HMRC (Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs) head office.
Police from London’s Metropolitan Police cut the activists’ chains and made 52 arrests yesterday, with 10 arrests made on Sunday night when two-weeks of protests kicked off with the group announcing “Impossible Rebellion”
Thousands of activists and protestors are expected to hit the streets of Westminster and in the City, aimed at targeting and disrupting corporations headquartered in the Square Mile financial district for their part in climate change, but also capitalists fueling systemic corruption backed by the City and the political elite.
The activists from the Extinction Rebellion group (XR) want an emergency response from governments and a mass move away from polluting industries to avert the worst scenarios of devastation outlined by scientists.
The group, which had earlier rallied at London’s Trafalgar Square, targeted the medieval Guildhall over the weekend, the home of the City of London Corporation, which governs the city’s historic financial centre.
London’s police warned on Friday that protests by environmental activists planned for the next two weeks will cause disruption across the capital and will distract officers from dealing with crime.
The people have had enough of the corruption by the political establishment in the UK, protests are the people’s way of expressing their frustrations.
The organisation hopes that disruptions to the City will cause the government to start taking positive action to curb tyranny and climate change.