Extinction Rebellion activists threaten to bring London to standstill in protest which could last weeks – The Telegraph

Extinction Rebellion activists threaten to bring London to standstill in protest \which could last weeks\ - The Telegraph

Environmental protesters threaten to shut down London by blocking traffic

The Extinction Rebellion (XR) group are targeting Marble Arch, Oxford Circus, Waterloo Bridge, and Parliament Square with plans to block the routes for as long as it takes, making it inevitable that they will be arrested for obstruction.

Members of the group, which disrupted the Commons with a nude protest on April 1, will also be gluing or locking themselves to street furniture to delay police by forcing them to use chemicals to free them.

Extinction Rebellion, an activist group, says it will bring London to a standstill for up to two weeks, starting today with roadblocks at Marble Arch, Oxford Circus, Waterloo Bridge, Parliament Square and Piccadilly Circus. Police have told people to allow extra time for their journey in the event of road closures and general disruption.

XR, whose prime goal is to reduce carbon emissions to zero by 2025, claims between 3,000 and 6,000 supporters could take part in the protests. Last November, they blocked bridges across London to bring chaos to the capital.

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Sophie Cowen, an Oxford French graduate who joined the group in November and now acts as media co-ordinator, pledged non-violent civil disobedience: Its 100 per cent about obstructing traffic and making sure we bring it to a standstill. People are willing to be arrested.

The Metropolitan Police said officers would be used from across the service to provide a proportionate response to the protests, which balanced the right to a peaceful protest while ensuring disruption to communities was kept to a minimum.

Extinction Rebellion, which describes itself as a non-violent direct action and civil disobedience group, said the protests at major central London locations including Parliament Square and Oxford Circus from Monday will be bringing London to a standstill for up to two weeks.

A spokesman urged travellers to allow extra journey time as road closures and disruptions to the travel network were expected.

Organisers of the Extinction Rebellion group claim up to 30,000 eco-protesters are expected to block major routes from 9am. Scotland Yard warned drivers to expect road closures and widespread disruption in the capital. 

It comes as part of attempts to force the Government to declare a climate emergency. Earlier this month, several activists stripped semi-naked in the House of Commons during a Brexit debate.

The so-called festival of action will see food stalls set up and talks given in the middle of the road throughout the day. Some protesters even plan to super-glue their hands to objects in the road and each other. 

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The movement has received support from actress and activist Dame Emma Thompson and former archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams.

Former archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams made the chilling warning on the eve mass demonstrations by the Extinction Rebellion group.

Speaking at a meditation on the eve of the protests Dr Williams said humans had declared war on nature.

Ms Perry told The Mail on Sunday she had a good and productive chat with the activists, who have links to Labours far-Left Momentum faction and are preparing a new onslaught of civil disobedience and criminality conceived with military precision to bring Britain to its knees.

He said: "We are here tonight to declare that we do not wish to be at war. We wish to make peace with ourselves by making peace with our neighbour Earth and with our God."

The first stage of their global Rebellion Week begins tomorrow and involves a plot to paralyse central London for at least three days, creating human barricades at five key points: Marble Arch, Oxford Circus, Waterloo Bridge, Parliament Square and Piccadilly Circus.

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Thompson has previously said of the demonstrations: "It is time to stand up and save our home."

It comes as an undercover investigation by this newspaper has revealed a hardcore movement determined to turn the clock back to a life without fossil fuel – and usurping Parliamentary democracy in the process.

Organisers said: "The International Rebellion begins and Extinction Rebellion will be bringing London to a standstill for up to two weeks.

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"They will be blocking five of the citys busiest and most iconic locations in a non-violent, peaceful act of rebellion where they invite people to join them for several days of creative, artist-led resistance."

Demonstrators arrived at Londons Hyde Park on Sunday, some having journeyed to the city on foot in recent weeks from various parts of the UK for what is described as an "International Rebellion".

Extinction Rebellion said it does not necessarily want to cause delays to motorists but “our Government’s failure over the last 30 years leaves us no choice”. 

Environmental protesters will converge at five locations in London today to cause disruption, block roads and shut down the city.

Activists, known as earth marchers, have been making their way in to central London for weeks for the International Rebellion. 

And many were encouraged to illegally camp in Hyde Park overnight so they can come together, form relationships, consolidate plans, and gear up for the days ahead, according to campaign group Extinction Rebellion. 

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