Extinction Rebellion London protest LIVE: Updates as demonstration enters third day after 600 arrested in capital
Oct. 09, 2019
Extinction Rebellion London Protests: October 2019 - In pictures
Extinction Rebellion ’s London protest has entered its third day after police warned those demonstrating they “must” go to Trafalgar Square or risk arrest.
Nearly 600 people were arrested in the capital on the first two days of the environmental group’s two-week protest, with activists attaching themselves to buildings and blocking roads.
XR are protesting in cities around the world, including Berlin, Paris, Amsterdam and Sydney, and are calling for urgent action on global climate and wildlife emergencies.
Police handed out notices across Westminster in an attempt to reduce the disruption in the city and concentrate the action on one area, but demonstrators yesterday defied the warnings and glued themselves to the Department for Transport building and to the underside of a lorry outside the Home Office.
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Labour MP Keir Starmer was applauded when he paid activists a visit last night.
New events planned for day 3 of the protests
Some protesters took the opportunity to renew their baptismal vows
Protesters are still locked onto the hearse, not by their heads though, thankfully.
While London's protesters sleep climate activists around the world were busy.
Extinction Rebellion says some of those "locked on" to a hearse in Trafalgar Square have been arrested.
A huge crowd is gathered in Trafalgar Square.
Police confirm 49 more arrests this evening, bringing the total arrested so far to 580.
More arrests in Whitehall tonight.
The Standard has contacted Scotland Yard to ask for an updated figure, though one has not been issued yet.
The Met says clearing protest sites can be "really difficult".
XR is leaving some campsites with activists heading to Trafalgar Square.
Orbital are performing for activists at Trafalgar Square.
Activists played samba music as they marched to Trafalgar Square earlier.
Extinction Rebellion's protests are "still going strong" in Whitehall and video captures drums being heard throughout the streets.
In Ireland, the Gardai public order unit have moved into Kildare Street in front of the Irish parliament gates after attempts to move climate protesters failed.
Gardai have told protesters they may be arrested, imprisoned for up to six months and fined up to 1,000 euro.
Activists are being removed from outside Downing Street, XR Leeds says.
Protests continue in New York, as the "international rebellion" continues in cities worldwide.
XR London has said "we will stay" as police attempt to move them.
Deputy assistant commissioner Laurence Taylor says policing the protests has been a "resource intensive operation" for the Met Police.
He also said officers have been drafted in from other areas of the country to police the actions in London.
Protesters are still in Whitehall, despite police telling them they face arrest unless they go to Trafalgar Square.
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