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More than 100 arrested at London climate protests

AFP  |  London 

More than 100 people have been arrested in ongoing climate change in that brought parts of the British capital to a standstill, police said Tuesday.

Demonstrators started blocking off a bridge and major central road junctions on Monday at the start of a civil disobedience that also saw action in other parts of

The were organised by the group Extinction Rebellion, which was established last year in Britain by academics and has become one of the world's fastest-growing environmental movements.

said that by early Tuesday 113 adults had been arrested.

The figure includes three men and two women who were arrested at the UK offices of on suspicion of criminal damage. Campaigners daubed graffiti and smashed a window at the building.

The majority arrested were seized for breaching public order laws and obstructing a highway.

The protest saw more than a thousand people block off central and lay trees in pots along its length. Later, people set up camps in Hyde Park in preparation for further demonstrations throughout the week.

The police have ordered the protesters to confine themselves to a zone within Marble Arch, a space at the junction of Hyde Park, the Oxford Street main shopping thoroughfare and the Park Lane street of plush hotels.

"The information and intelligence available at this time means that that Met (police) feels this action is necessary in order to prevent the demonstrations from causing ongoing serious disruption," the police said.

The group wants to governments to declare a climate and ecological emergency, reduce to zero by 2025, halt biodiversity loss and be led by new "citizens' assemblies on climate and ecological justice".

said the group had attempted to maintain a blockade overnight at four sites in central before the police came to impose the new restriction.

People were arrested "mostly at where the police came to try to stop everyone, but there were too many of us", he told AFP.

Fox said the protesters attached themselves to vehicles and to each other using bicycle locks.

"We have no intention of leaving until the government listens to us," he said.

"Many of us are willing to sacrifice our liberty for the cause.

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

First Published: Tue, April 16 2019. 13:40 IST
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