'Extinction Rebellion': Climate change protesters block London transportation

'Extinction Rebellion': Climate change protesters block London transportation

Climate change protestors stand atop a DLR train at Canary Wharf station on the third day of an environmental protest by the Extinction Rebellion group, in London on April 17, 2019.

Eastburn, of Gerards Close in Lambeth, south London, Ovland, of Keinton Mandeville, Somerton, Somerset, and Watson, from Manuden in Essex, are due at Highbury Corner Magistrates' Court later.

New West End Company, which seeks to protect the interests of firms operating in the centre of London, is now urging London Mayor Sadiq Khan and Metropolitan Police to "take control of the situation" and enable shops, restaurants and their employees to "get back to business".

Airport officials are "working with the authorities" to deal with the threat of Extinction Rebellion protests, which could disrupt flights over the weekend.

It comes as Londoners face a fourth day of disruption in the capital, despite almost 400 arrests. Several others glued themselves together outside the house of opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn.

More than 500 people have been arrested this week and 10 charged so far, police said.

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Later the group added: "The points of Parliament Square are still being held".

"A lot of police will be taken from boroughs outside London and we know from past experience that when that happens crime goes up, and here we are in the middle of a knife crime crisis", Lord Stevens said.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan tweeted a statement responding to the protest, saying that while he agrees with the environmentalist cause and believes in the right to peacefully protest, he finds the methods employed by Extinction Rebellion unsafe and contrary to the cause of environmentalism since people taking public transport instead of cars would drastically reduce carbon emissions and environmental impact.

A green sign with the message "Rebel For Life" was unfurled across the width of the road and some demonstrators were also perched on a protest truck parked on the bridge. Band replace the road block.

On Wednesday night, campaigners were playing a cat-and-mouse game with police, who promised to continue the operation overnight. Traffic is snarled and bus routes have been disrupted, to the frustration of commuters.

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