Parts of central London are likely to be brought to a stand-still from next week as environmental pressure group Extinction Rebellion (XR) start a fortnight of protests calling for the government to take tougher action on the issue of climate change. The protests, starting this coming Monday, October 7th, are part of a call for an International Rebellion in 60 cities across the world. Extinction Rebellion say they will ‘peacefully occupy the centres of power and shut them down until Governments act on the Climate and Ecological Emergency’.
In April this year Extinction Rebellion caused disruption to a number of areas in central London over a two-week period. Marble Arch, Oxford Circus, Waterloo Bridge and a number of other prominent locations were occupied for lengthy periods, preventing traffic from passing. Protests and occupations are due to start at 10am on the 7thOctober and continue right through to the 19th October at 6pm. The April protest fell during the Easter holiday period but as this one will not, supporters are being encouraged to take time off work if possible, to join in.
XR’s website claim they plan to be ‘taking 12 sites around Westminster’ which appear to include Westminster and Lambeth Bridges, Parliament Square, parts of Whitehall (front of Downing Street), Trafalgar Square, parts of the Mall (junction of Horse Guards Road), Horse Guards Road (back of Downing Street), Marsham Street (site of the Home Office) and Victoria Street (outside Westminster Abbey). The locations are all close to significant government buildings.
We have followed the two previous rebellions by Extinction Rebellion in London (November 2018 and April 2019) with great interest and will be displaying a gallery of images from the protests over the two weeks.
Further information on the planned London action can be found at the Extinction Rebellion website.