Extinction Rebellion: Seventy arrested at climate change protests

Extinction Rebellion Marble Arch banner
A large banner was unfurled after two people climbed Marble Arch (Image: Reuters)

Seventy people were arrested during a spate of Extinction Rebellion protests across London.

Six people, including two Olympic athletes, were detained for scaling and gluing themselves to an oil tanker near Hyde Park on Saturday, police said.

Dozens more were arrested at Marble Arch as demonstrators climbed the structure to attach a green banner reading “end fossil fuels now”.

Protesters also blocked the road and surrounded a car.

Olympic gold medal-winning canoeist Etienne Stott and sailor Laura Baldwin were among those who glued themselves to the oil tanker.

Extinction Rebellion protesters on oil tankerOlympian Etienne Stott joined the protest on top of a Shell oil tanker (Image: Extinction Rebellion)

 

The action came as activists gathered in Hyde Park and then marched the capital’s streets.

Protesters waved flags, set off flares and danced in the street before settling in the road at Marble Arch.

A group of eight activists later locked themselves to a car in the road, while two glued themselves to the roof.

Some protesters glued and locked themselves to a car in the road at Marble Arch
Some protesters glued and locked themselves to a car in the road at Marble Arch (Image: PA Media)

 

The Met said officers had imposed a public order direction on the group to clear the road by 18:00.

It covered an area from Marble Arch gyratory and along Park Lane, Oxford Street, Tyburn Way, Edgware Road, Bayswater Road and Cumberland Gate.

The force said 213 people had been arrested since the latest spate of protests began on 9 April.

On Friday protesters also blocked four of London’s busiest bridges and blocked entrances to major insurance marketplace Lloyd’s of London earlier this week.

Source: bbc.co.uk

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