London police arrest 21 climate change protesters as mass action starts

Rob Cooper former Police Chief Superintendent and now a supporter of Extinction Rebellion

Rob Cooper former Police Chief Superintendent and now a supporter of Extinction Rebellion

As many as 60 different cities across the world are set to experience significant disruption as part of the activist group's "Rebellion Week".

The group expects 10,000 people will come to the capital from across Britain to join the two-week protest, which is part of a coordinated global movement. "We have a narrow window of time where we can take significant action".

"Sea levels are rising more than twice as fast as they were last century".

"We will have a visible presence to keep the peace, provide a safe environment, and limit any negative impact on the general public", said Roed.

In Berlin, around 1,000 people blocked the Grosser Stern, a traffic circle in the middle of the German capital's Tiergarten park dominated by the landmark Victory Column.

Extinction Rebellion launched in 2018 and staged similar protests in London in April this year.

This demonstration arrives just over a week after an Extinction Rebellion activist was arrested for suspending themselves from a makeshift tripod on Brisbane's Victoria Bridge. No information on the number of arrests has yet been released.

On Sunday one woman and two men were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to cause public nuisance.

The Airlie Beach engineer hanging about 50 metres above the river said he had 30 years' experience as a rock climber and felt safe. The school kids are out protesting too. Several protesters were placed in handcuffs and led away from the scene.

Video of the moment shows people being carried off to chants of "we love you" from other protesters.

In Edmonton, a handful of protesters linked arms to block traffic on the Walterdale Bridge connecting the city's south side with the downtown core.

Police said the protests were peaceful.

The website asked people to come out and "join the rebellion" and together "take back these streets and demand that our politicians listen to the voices of average Canadians through a Citizens' Assembly on climate and ecological justice".

"The next two weeks will involve marches and family friendly events, there'll be some spicier actions as well and some will be arrestable". We are going to be surrounding all the Government ministries.

The Extinction Rebellion is running a "Spring rebellion" to pressure Australian governments into declaring a "climate emergency".

He said: "People are coming from all over the country". In Halifax, 18 people were arrested during a climate change protest that shut down Macdonald Bridge. I'm a student, I should be at uni - my term has started.

The National Police in Madrid says 33 activists have been taken to their premises and three have been arrested for resisting orders by anti-riot officers.

The group was blocking tourists before NYPD officers moved in and began arresting protesters.

It looks as though everyone is enjoying themselves and according to one tweet, a hockey game even broke out on the bridge.

Key sites, including Westminster and Lambeth bridges will also be targeted, in addition to protests outside the Houses of Parliament and key Government departments. The Metropolitan Police said 135 arrests had been made by early afternoon. Protesters brought signs, megaphones and drums, and were met by mounted police and squad cars.

"They can arrest us, but we will still speak out", said Jenny McQueen, sitting handcuffed near a police auto.

Extinction Rebellion defended its style of protest on the streets of Wellington.

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