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London climate-change street protest arrests reach 290 on second day

 

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Performers demonstrate at Waterloo Bridge during the Extinction Rebellion protest in London, Britain April 16, 2019. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

 

LONDON (Reuters) - Police have arrested 290 people in two days of protests after climate-change activists blocked some of London's most important junctions including Oxford Circus and Marble Arch, causing traffic chaos.

 

The protests, led by British climate group Extinction Rebellion, brought parts of central London to a standstill again on Tuesday.

 

Extinction Rebellion, which generated headlines with a semi-nude protest in the House of Commons earlier this month, is demanding the government reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2025.

 

Police said they expected the demonstrations to continue in coming weeks and had to strike the right balance between allowing the right to peaceful protest while ensuring disruption was kept at a minimum.

 

"At this time, ongoing demonstrations are causing serious disruptions to public transport, local businesses and Londoners who wish to go about their daily business," Chief Superintendent Colin Wingrove said on Tuesday.

 

Activists had been told they must confine any demonstrations to the Marble Arch area, and police were taking action against protesters in other locations.

More than a dozen activists had been arrested at Waterloo Bridge near parliament by lunchtime on Tuesday.

 

Others were sitting in the road with linked arms, chanting at the police "Rebellion! Rebellion!" and "We are peaceful! What about you?"

 

Five arrests were for criminal damage after the Royal Dutch Shell building near the River Thames was targeted on Monday.

 

Two protesters on Monday climbed up scaffolding, writing "Shell Knows!" in red paint on the front of the building and three protesters glued their hands to revolving doors at the entrance.

 

Tents littered the prime shopping area of Oxford Circus on Tuesday morning, with some activists huddled beneath a model boat with the words "Tell the Truth" across its side. One placard read: "Rebel for Life".

 

Activist Katy Fowler, 39, from Machynlleth in Wales, said reaction from the public had been very positive.

 

"People have come up to us to thank us emphatically," she said. "There is an awareness and a hunger for something to be done."

 

(Reporting by Paul Sandle, Hannah Mckay and Andrew Marshall and Elisabeth O'Leary; Additional reporting by Bhanu Pratap in Bengaluru; writing by Guy Faulconbridge and Michael Holden; editing by Stephen Addison and Tom Brown)

 

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32 minutes ago, Lungstib said:

50 years of pollution and poisoning and not a single arrest because its all good for business. Disrupt business and the arrests start. Plus pollution is nationwide and spreads even into other countries but activists must contain their activity to a small and certain part. Guess which side govt lies on?

The article is about climate change. The topic about pollution is perhaps in another thread somewhere. 

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41 minutes ago, VincentRJ said:

Good point, but this issue is not about pollution. It's about climate change and the delusion that we can make the climate benign by reducing greenhouse gases, such as the wonderful, colorless and odorless gas called CO2 which is essential for all life and is helping to green the planet.

Strawman argument:

 

The position of those protesting is not ‘that we can make the climate benign by reducing greenhouse gases’ the delusion you are peddling is your own.

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19 minutes ago, Chomper Higgot said:

And if they did you’d be first in line criticising them for the amount of fossil fuels they used to travel there for their protest.

I wish I'd thought of that. These people just keep in throwing things and hope something will stick.

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1 hour ago, Chomper Higgot said:

Strawman argument:

 

The position of those protesting is not ‘that we can make the climate benign by reducing greenhouse gases’ the delusion you are peddling is your own.

Why don't you tell me what the position is, of those who are protesting. I understood it to be about climate change and reducing greenhouses gases, such as CO2, which are believed by the protesters to have harmful effects on the climate.

 

If you can demonstrate I've got this wrong, then that's fine. I'm always open to the facts or a better interpretation.

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17 minutes ago, VincentRJ said:

Why don't you tell me what the position is, of those who are protesting. I understood it to be about climate change and reducing greenhouses gases, such as CO2, which are believed by the protesters to have harmful effects on the climate.

 

If you can demonstrate I've got this wrong, then that's fine. I'm always open to the facts or a better interpretation.

Why don’t you ask the protestors.

 

You seem awfully keen to invent their point of view for them.

 

Alternatively convince yourself you are right by batting down the strawman arguments you yourself put up.

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26 minutes ago, Chomper Higgot said:

Why don’t you ask the protestors.

 

What a silly suggestion. I don't know any of them. I'm in Australia and they are in London. I'm responding to a news item on this forum. That's my only source of information on this current protest.

 

 

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23 minutes ago, Catoni said:

So if they don’t live in those countries and don’t want to travel to those countries to demonstrate, they could easily be holding mass demonstrations in the street at the embassies of those countries. Like we did in the west back in the Cold War days. 

  But they don’t. Because their real agenda is not actually fighting climate change. 

Come on Catoni, 

 

Tell us what their real agenda is.

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