Published: Fri, October 18, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Climate-change protesters disrupt London rush hour, angering commuters

Climate-change protesters disrupt London rush hour, angering commuters

A crowd of angry London commuters have dragged two Extinction Rebellion protesters off a train as the pair attempted a climate action demonstration during peak hour.

Four people have been arrested so far due to the "obstruction incidents at Stratford and Canning Town", according to the British Transport Police (BPT).

"Arrests have already been made and officers are working to quickly resume services", the police said in a statement.

One protester, who walked on the train, was pulled off by angry commuters.

Extinction Rebellion is in the second week of a civil disobedience campaign that has targeted government buildings, an airport and financial institutions such as BlackRock to highlight the threat posed by global warming.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said he "strongly condemned" protests targeting the London Underground and Docklands Light Railway (DLR).

The BPT added that they were still at Shadwell Station, where "specialist teams are working to remove four other protesters".

"But I'm also very concerned about what's happening in the poorer parts of the world who are being hit the hardest by climate breakdown".

Holding a sign that reads "Business as usual = death", the protesters were met with shouting from waiting commuters.

"Despite our countless warnings, we are frustrated that Extinction Rebellion put people at risk to obstruct services on London's rail network", Assistant Chief Constable O'Callaghan said.

Video footage from the scene showed people on the platform pull protesters down by their feet, leading to scuffles in the crowd and eight arrests.

"This illegal action is extremely risky, counterproductive and is causing unacceptable disruption to Londoners who use public transport to get to work".

Extinction Rebellion launched the current wave of its divisive and polarizing form of protest on October 7. "I urge demonstrators to protest peacefully and within the boundaries of the law".

Canning Town was closed following the incident but it has now reopened.

Here a group of normals confront an Extinction Rebellion protester and ask her how she traveled to the protest.

Separately, small Extinction Rebellion groups held protests against the arms trade by glueing or locking themselves to the London offices of defence companies Leonardo UK, Lockheed Martin Corp and Britain's Supreme Court, the movement said.

Now, teenage climate change campaigner Greta has suggested XR protestors continue on regardless.

London's Metropolitan Police said the crackdown was meant to prevent "ongoing serious disruption to the community". Most have been released without being charged.

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