Published: Tue, October 08, 2019
Medical | By Mark Scott

Extinction Rebellion protests: United Kingdom arrests as global demonstrations begin

Extinction Rebellion protests: United Kingdom arrests as global demonstrations begin

Extinction Rebellion Nova Scotia is part of an global movement that started in the 2018 and has been established in more than 56 countries.

In central Paris, dozens of Extinction Rebellion activists blocked a street and bridge in the Chatelet district.

Nearly 150 activists have already been detained in London, with organisers vowing to shut down key sites in the city including the Houses of Parliament and Trafalgar Square.

The Prince Edward Viaduct on Bloor Street has been shut down, as protesters disrupt city streets, believing the event spreads awareness. In a tweet, XR said "1000 rebels are finally demanding serious measures from our government" in the fight against climate change.

Hundreds of them blocked a major street near Central Station forcing police to remove some of them.

The scene was more peaceful at Halifax's Angus L. Macdonald Bridge, even when police moved in about four hours after the demonstration got underway.

A man has suspended himself underneath Brisbane's Story Bridge as part of Extinction Rebellion protests in the city. "What this means is that the government would rather arrest people than take real action on climate change", one protester told CP24 on Monday afternoon. Protesters gathered on the Walterdale Bridge in Edmonton, blocking Monday morning traffic. The movement had announced two weeks of protests with plans to occupy main roads and "paralyse" the German capital and other major cities around the world, starting on 7 October.

The Houses of Parliament and Trafalgar Square are also expected to be targeted, alongside processions and marches.

Sophie Cowen, a spokesperson for Extinction Rebellion, said they were there to demand government departments explain their response to the climate crisis.

On Saturday, London police used a battering ram to break into a building used by Extinction Rebellion, seizing protest supplies and arresting 10 people on preemptive charges of suspicion of conspiracy to cause a public nuisance.

Hundreds of protesters blocked bridges and roads around the British capital Monday morning, with more disruptive actions in the works, including at London's City Airport and in the "new media" space, the group said.

"People started separating away from the barricades and shouting, and they were the first to be arrested", Tessa, a 20-year-old studying Environmental Science at Wageningen University, said to NL Times. They have all been released under investigation.

More than 1,000 people attended an "opening ceremony" at Marble Arch on Sunday evening, featuring meditation and dancing as "inspiration" prior to the protests.

The local chapter is drawing inspiration from success of past civil disobedience movements in sparking political change.

The municipality of Amsterdam had forbidden the blockade, but the protesters of the so-called Extinction Rebellion action group nevertheless continued their action.

Stars who have previously voiced their support for Extinction Rebellion include Dame Emma Thompson, Olivia Colman, Stephen Fry, Alan Carr, Charlotte Church, and authors Philip Pullman and Margaret Atwood, with Thompson rallying the crowd at a previous London demonstration in April.

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