XR protestor sticks his arm in concrete tube to slow down police
We use your sign-up to provide content in ways you’ve consented to and to improve our understanding of you. This may include adverts from us and 3rd parties based on our understanding. You can unsubscribe at any time. More info
Speaking to LBC, the protester known only as Ben explained that he has concreted his arm to ensure it is harder for the police to take him away. The campaigner explained he plans to stay lying under a van in Covent Garden for as long as possible in the name of climate change. It comes as the Extinction Rebellion group have vowed to spark chaos as they begin a two-week-long climate protest across the capital. Thousands gathered in Trafalgar Square, Leicester Square and Covent Garden on Monday as campaigners blocked roads and attached themselves to street furniture including lamp posts and bollards to draw awareness to the climate and ecological crisis.
Ben explained what his protest means, saying: “Obviously people have been petition and amercing for decades.
“And what we need to do is make a clear call to government and to society that we need urgent action now.
He explained that his arm is wedged in a “tube coated in concrete” in order to “slow down the police from removing us from the road”.
The XR protester went on to explain that he plans to be in lying down with his arm in concrete for “as long as possible”.
JUST IN Extinction Rebellion LIVE: London carnage as protesters surround police and lie under cars
He went on to add “without disruption politicians do not pay attention” hence why the group have planned a two-week-long protest.
The climate activist concluded: “It is only when there is these acts that the politicians respond because they feel they can no longer go on.”
This round of protests is being branded the ‘Impossible Rebellion’ and plans to “target the root cause of the climate and ecological crisis” according to organisers.
Monday saw thousands of protesters block roads in central London as they called for the government to stop continued investment in fossil fuels and other practices which harm the environment.
Extinction Rebellion: Radio host says there will be ‘chaos’
In a statement, Extinction Rebellion said: “Beginning on Monday August 23, Extinction Rebellion will take to the streets again, with plans to disrupt the City of London to target the root cause of the climate and ecological crisis – the political economy.”
The protests emulate those seen in 2019 but will be carried out in more locations including north and south London and will stay in place for two-weeks.
Deputy Assistant Commissioner Matt Twist of the Metropolitan Police said that the Met have committed a large number of officers to police the unfolding protests over the next fortnight.
He said: “We’ve got a significant operation in place lead by an experienced command team to effectively provide a proportionate response to what is going to be a protracted demonstration over two weeks.
Afghanistan veteran blasts Boris Johnson and Joe Biden [EXPERT]
UK’s deadliest footpath ‘killed more than 100 people’ [OPINION]
Archaeology news after ancient Viking king’s burial narrative flipped[ANALYSIS]
“We understand why this is such an important cause, no one is oblivious to that, what we don’t want is for people who are protesting to impact on the rights of others.
“We don’t want serious disruption caused to London – the August bank holiday is one of the busiest of the year and we know this will mean officers are extracted from their local boroughs and brought into the centre of London to deal with this protest.”
The latest demonstration will be the fifth major public demonstration by Extinction Rebellion. The group use non-violent disobedience and in the past have been seen being carried away by police as they are arrested.
The group claim the latest protest would be “joyous” and have a “celebratory” feel while also highlighting the billions poured into fossil fuels by financiers in London’s financial district.
Source: Read Full Article