Extinction Rebellion protests target Government in Westminster

Extinction Rebellion protestors attempting to draw attention to climate change are seen blocking early morning peak hour traffic

Extinction Rebellion protestors attempting to draw attention to climate change are seen blocking early morning peak hour traffic

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Where will the protests be?

The activist network has gained a high profile in the United Kingdom, following successful attempts to shut down parts of central London.

Extinction Rebellion organisers are expecting up to 30,000 people to take part in the fortnight-long demonstrations in the capital, which form part of an "international rebellion".

"I completely support the right to protest, of course, but I'm not sure that shutting down a commuter bridge on a Monday is really, really helping to constructively propel the agenda".

They also aim to shut down roads and stage a sit-in at London City Airport, among other demonstrations.

On its website, the group states: "Take two weeks off work, bring your family and friends and join us in the streets for a one time only 'chance of life.' We can not do this alone, everybody counts and we need everyone to join us, now".

Some 21 people had already been arrested by 8am, the Metropolitan Police said, as what is expected to be two weeks of action in the capital got under way.

Why are Extinction Rebellion protesting?

Dutch police said they arrested 90 people after Extinction Rebellion members occupied a bridge outside the famed Rijksmuseum art gallery.

"The bridge closures are a part of what Extinction Rebellion calls a "#BridgeOut, which are taking place in 60 cities across the world.

"There will be broad disruption of business as usual", said a New York-based Extinction Rebellion spokesman.

"We have no choice but to rebel until our government declares a climate and ecological emergency and takes the action that is required to save us".

"The Irish government is complicit in ignoring the precautionary principle, and in failing to acknowledge that infinite economic growth on a planet with finite resources is not possible", the letter read.

Although rain Monday likely hampered turnout, Huang said he thinks the number of people that did come out in the damp weather is a "testament to how passionate people are. I'm scared. I want to live". "Frankly we don't have time to wait for an opportune moment". We're asking government departments to tell us what their plans are. Picture: PA What happened at Marble Arch on Sunday?

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has disagreed with the disruptive style of the latest climate change protest which hit Wellington. Groups of artists held a procession and protesters were told to "surround" the upcoming demonstrations with love.

Jamie Russell, a 45 year old writer who is a member of the Shrewsbury Extinction Rebellion group, said there was frustration at a lack of action from government.

"All these movements that we have seen in recent times are global ones and with good reason - we'll only see the moves we need on climate change if we are taking global action", said Ardern.

Two weeks ago, demonstrators marched in Hungary, on the Chain Bridge across River Danube holding banners saying: "Climate protection for Hungary". "Now time is running out". More than 1,000 people were arrested, many of whom are now facing trial.

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