Climate action group Extinction Rebellion has shut down traffic across Westminster, home of the UK’s Houses of Parliament and related districts in London to mark a new wave of climate action.
The protestors demanded that the UK government tell the truth about climate change, takes immediate action, and set up citizen’s assemblies to chart a path to progress.
The protest, according to Extinction Rebellion, is planned for two weeks and will continue until demands are met.
Protestors obstructed intersections and thoroughfares such as Westminster Bridge, Trafalgar Square and the Mall, stopping cars and motorbikes, although bicycles and emergency vehicles were given clear passage.
Protestors used bicycle locks to chain themselves to one another, glued their hands to road surfaces and climbed on top of vans to prevent police from disrupting demonstrations.
The Metropolitan Police tweeted: “As of 12:30hrs today there have been a total of 135 arrests.”
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Extinction Rebellion claims 23 cities across the world are participating in its ‘International Rebellion’ and UK members have claimed to have recruited five times as many ‘rebels’ since last major protests, which took place across Britain in April.