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122 arrested as climate change activists block London roads

Press Trust of India  |  London 

on Tuesday said it was dealing with serious disruptions caused by activists as part of the protests which have blocked roads and traffic across London, resulting in 122 arrests.

Most of those arrested since Monday's launch of the weeks-long protests have been detained on suspicion of public order offences, while five people were held on charges of criminal damage at headquarters.

"We need to ensure we are striking the right balance between allowing the right to a peaceful protest, while ensuring disruption to communities is kept to a minimum," said

"At this time, ongoing are causing serious disruptions to public transport, local businesses and Londoners who wish to go about their daily business," he said.

The imposed a condition on campaigners to restrict their protests to Marble Arch area of central to contain some of the disruption.

said it wants to "shut down London" until April 29 in a series of protests and called for "reinforcements" to help maintain a roadblock at in

Hundreds of protesters tried to hinder police efforts to move them along, including four who glued and chained themselves under a lorry parked on the bridge.

says it has three core demands: for the government to "tell the truth about climate change", reduce carbon emissions to zero by 2025, and create a citizens' assembly to oversee progress.

Organisers said protests had been held in more than 80 cities across 33 countries. The second day of action included speeches at about how to tackle

In its response, the UK's Department for Business, (BEIS) said Britain had cut its emissions by 44 per cent since 1990.

"We've asked our independent climate experts for advice on a net zero emissions target and set out plans to transition to low emission vehicles and significantly reduce pollution through our Clean Air Strategy," a BEIS said.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, April 16 2019. 21:15 IST
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