Extinction Rebellion activist clashes with Rinder over group
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In a repeat of a stunt that caused traffic chaos on Monday, 40 women protesters put up a large pink table with chairs in London’s Oxford Circus. Police surrounded the structure, which is meant to signify an invitation to governments and business to “come to the table” and discuss climate change, after some campaigners glued themselves to it. Scotland Yard tweeted: “Specialist officers are working to support their removal. There will be some disruption to traffic in the area as roads are currently blocked, which we are working to reduce.” The stunt, which threatened to delay ambulances and other emergency vehicles, infuriated motorists in the West End who found themselves trapped in jams.
Earlier, the group, which is holding two weeks of disruption in the capital, lampooned Government trade chiefs and targeted Brazilian diplomats over the threatened Amazon rainforest and its people.
As Extinction Rebellion members descended on Piccadilly Circus to hold climate demonstrations, another crowd headed to the Brazilian embassy in Mayfair for a demonstration to show solidarity with indigenous Amazonians. Activists from Money Rebellion, an offshoot of Extinction Rebellion, targeted the Department for International Trade.
In a mock ceremony, protesters presented the department with an ironic “Charred Earth” award for what they described as “an outstandingly awful contribution to climate change”.
By last night, almost 200 activists had been arrested for a variety of offences during the protest’s first four days, police revealed.
Ten were detained at a demonstration centred on the Guildhall, in the City of London, when the XR campaign began on Sunday.
A total of 68 activists were held during protests near Trafalgar Square on Monday and a further 40 campaigners were arrested in the Whitehall and West End areas on Tuesday.
The demos are due to continue next week, when the group is planning to protest against the links between “big finance, fossil fuels and the fossil of politics that is Westminster”.
Similar protests by Extinction Rebellion in 2019 and 2020 resulted in taxpayers footing a bill for more than £50million in policing costs, Scotland Yard said.
It is estimated at least 10,000 people have taken part in this year’s campaign.
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