Monday, 14 October, 2019

Everything You Need To Know About Extinction Rebellion's Latest Protest

Protesters lie down in Sydney Protesters lie down in Sydney
Samantha Long | 08 October, 2019, 09:25

Extinction Rebellion activists are protesting in cities around the world, including Berlin, Amsterdam and Sydney.

Protesters shut down traffic on major bridges across Canada on Monday as part of an global movement meant to galvanize governments into taking more urgent action against climate change.

Climate change activists protest at the Wall Street Bull in Lower Manhattan during Extinction Rebellion protests in New York City, New York, US, October 7, 2019.

The Extinction Rebellion movement wants politicians to take urgent action on climate change and disappearing wildlife, and for governments around the world to reduce its carbon emissions to zero by 2025.

Extinction Rebellion says the protests could be as much as five times bigger than those held in April, which brought major disruption to London and saw more than 1,100 arrests.

Extinction Rebellion demands that the German government "tell the truth" about "the ecological crisis" and declare a climate emergency.

Police said in a tweet Monday afternoon that the protesters were detained near the Dutch capital's Rijksmuseum, where the blockade has been hindering traffic since early morning.

"There is no Plan (et) B. The government doesn't have one", the group said in a statement delineating the various nonviolent protests they called for on Monday.

A small group of activists also locked themselves to a bridge in Brisbane, where police said they arrested and charged seven people.

Demonstrators playing steel drums marched through central London on Monday as they kicked off two weeks of activities created to disrupt the city.

The arrests come as protesters in cities across Europe blocked roads ahead of what is being described as widespread demonstrations.

The protest was organized by Extinction Rebellion Vancouver Island.

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Extinction Rebellion said that one of those arrested was 81-year-old Sarah Lasenby, a retired social worker from Oxford.

The group was co-founded by ecoactivist Roger Hallam, who calls for civil disobedience to force governments to address climate change, and is calling for two weeks of protests.

In Spain, a few dozen activists briefly chained themselves to each other and to an elevated road over a major artery in Madrid, snarling traffic during the morning rush hour.

Police also forcibly removed and arrested about 50 XR protesters blocking city roads in Amsterdam after they ignored orders to move to a nearby square.

A few hundred other protesters camped out in 40 tents at the gates of Spain's Ministry of Ecological Transition.

During protests, XR activists have been known to dress in white masks, facepaint and red costumes.

"We need to make them realise that time is not on our side at the moment".

The group's protesters have succeeded before in disrupting life in London in hopes of gaining attention to their cause.

Mr Jukes had spent several hours lying in a suspended hammock, surrounded by Extinction Rebellion and climate emergency flags.

In Australia, hundreds of people joined a sit-in on a busy inner Sydney road before being dragged away by the police.

The group was blocking tourists before NYPD officers moved in and began arresting protesters.

The police also used stop-and-search powers on members of the group and conducted a pre-emptive raid on a warehouse storing equipment over the weekend.

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