More than 300 arrested at Extinction Rebellion protests in London – The Guardian

More than 300 arrested at Extinction Rebellion protests in London - The Guardian

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The Metropolitan police would not release up-to-date figures on cell capacity, but data from two years ago showed they had 799 cells available across London. With cuts to policing budgets, this number is likely to have fallen, so reports that cell space is under pressure are credible.

Extinction Rebellion protesters, activists and legal observers have told Guardian reporters some of those arrested are being taken to police stations outside London, with several saying demonstrators are being taken to Luton, while others mentioned Brighton and Essex.

Nick cited another contributor, pointing out that the protesters are "adversely affecting the poorer members of society, or indeed you could describe them as vulnerable, some of those who need buses to get around if they have mobility issues."

The Met would not confirm or deny the claim. Those who have been arrested are being taken to MPS custody suites throughout London, a spokesperson said. Contingency plans are in place should custody suites become full. We will not discuss [the matter] further for operational reasons.

Nick also pointed out that the UK had already responded to the global climate change crisis by setting draconian emissions targets, but the protester said that the Government wasn't "acting fast enough".

However, despite the volume of arrests, anecdotal evidence from those on the ground suggests the police are approaching the protests with a distinctly lighter touch. One legal observer said the diminishing capacity might be a reason why police were arresting people so slowly. The other thing is that if they come in and do a mass arrest, they might lose public support, she added.

Louise conceded: "Yes, that is an unfortunate fact…I did not organise this thing…you'd have to talk to the original instigators to know why they picked these dates specifically".

4:05 If this is what it takes: London​ reacts to the Extinction Rebellion ​shutdown – video Policing protests has long been a sore point for the Met, with the death of Ian Tomlinson at the G20 summit demonstrations in 2009 leaving a lasting mark on the forces reputation, as did the scenes of kettling at the student protests in 2010.

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There is a sense the Extinction Rebellion protests are being policed with a strict adherence to guidelines on public order policing. Forces are supposed to follow six principles when policing public order operations, according to the College of Policing, the professional standards body.

Disabling public communications networks is an increasingly common tactic used in policing disruption across the world. Almost eight years ago, San Franciscos Bart transit system turned off the mobile phone service across the network to prevent a similar campaign aimed at stopping trains in protest at the killing of a man by Bart police. That decision was criticised by the American Civil Liberties Union, which said it was reminiscent of censorship in the Middle East.

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Under policing standards and tone, commanders need to set the style and tone at the start of an operation and be aware of the potential impact on public perceptions. Under communication, police are told to use engagement and dialogue whenever possible, and establish and maintain links with communities, groups, partners, event organisers.

The events in London were part of an international climate rebellion organised by Extinction Rebellion. Organisers said demonstrations had taken place or were planned in 80 cities across 33 countries – from India to Australia, and around Europe and the US. In The Hague on Tuesday, activists occupied the international criminal court building.

Under proportionate response, officers are told to demonstrate consideration and application of relevant human rights principles, and police powers should be used appropriately and proportionately.

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The legal framework sets out statutory and common law powers in relation to public order policing, which must be used in accordance with the European convention on human rights. The relevant acts include the Public Order Act 1986 and Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994.

In order to impose this condition, the Met required evidence that serious disruption was being caused to communities in London. We so far have 55 bus routes closed and 500,000 people affected as a result … we are satisfied that this threshold has been met and this course of action is necessary.

Activists have caused widespread travel disruption in London in a bid to raise awareness about climate change

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