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British police order a halt to climate change protests in London

15 October 2019 - 10:15 By Reuters
Co-founder of the Extinction Rebellion group, Gail Bradbrook, stands atop the doorway into the Department of Transport, during an Extinction Rebellion protest in London, Britain, October 15, 2019.
Co-founder of the Extinction Rebellion group, Gail Bradbrook, stands atop the doorway into the Department of Transport, during an Extinction Rebellion protest in London, Britain, October 15, 2019.
Image: REUTERS/Henry Nicholls

British police have ordered a halt to Extinction Rebellion protests in London after a week of civil disobedience by climate change activists who have targeted government building and major financial institutions.

"Any assembly linked to the Extinction Rebellion ‘Autumn Uprising’... must now cease their protest(s) within London," the police said in a statement late on Monday.

Police said 1,445 people had been arrested in the protests so far.

Extinction Rebellion uses civil disobedience to highlight the risks posed by climate change and the accelerating loss of plant and animal species.

"The climate and ecological emergency isn’t going away and we remain resolute in facing it," the group said in response to the police move. "We urge the government and the authorities to join us in doing the same. We cannot do it alone."  

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