Police have started to close down on extinction rebellion PROTESTERS in London
For the past week, socio-political movement group, Extinction Rebellion which aims at utilising nonviolent resistance to avert climate breakdown, halt biological loss, and minimise the risk of human extinction and ecological collapse, have been protesting in the streets of London since Monday, alongside their Pink Boat which is used as the symbol of the group.
On Monday 15th April, the activists setup camp at Marble Arch, Oxford Circus, Waterloo Bridge, Parliament Square, and Piccadilly Circus in an attempt to blockade and demand action over the ecological crisis which has been escalating for many years. The protests have meant to last a few days, however with the protests now onto their fifth day, in which they hope to call on the government to reduce carbon emissions to zero by 2025, and to establish a citizens' assembly to devise an emergency plan if all goes to fail.
On Thursday 18th April, Dame Emma Thompson flew from Los Angeles to join the protesters. This caused quite the uproar due to hypocrisy shown from her taking the 5,400mile flight.
Amidst all of the protests, the Extinction Rebellion activists came out to threaten to close and halt operations at Heathrow Airport for the Easter weekend.
Protesters of the group were instructed to converge at Heathrow Airport on Friday. Messages were intercepted from organisers with these plans, and even gave protesters the routes they needed to take to get to the Airport from their current protest sites in Marble Arch, Oxford Circus and more. - Heathrow Airport promptly responded to these threats and stated that they will work with the authorities to deal with the threat of flights being disrupted.
570 and more protesters have been arrested so far, however only 10 have been charged. - The protesting at Heathrow Airport commenced with about 20 young people demonstrating.