Over 70 Climate Change Protesters in London Slapped With Charges

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THE number of arrests made during eight days of Extinction Rebellion protests in London has gone past 1,000, the Met Police said yesterday. During the night, the police still continued to remove the last activists.

"We are the ones making a difference - we the people in Extinction Rebellion and the children's School Strike for the Climate - we are the ones making a difference", she told cheering crowds.

But some people wearing red face paint, veils and robes remained to give a performance to classical music on the steps underneath the whale skeleton.

Farhana Yamin, from the group's political committee, said: "Being able to 'pause" a rebellion shows that we are organised and a long-term political force to be reckoned with'.

Police say Waterloo Bridge was reopened to vehicles overnight, having been occupied by the demonstrators since last Monday.

The Metropolitan Police today said they had brought charges for "various offences" including blocking roads and obstructing police, as widespread protests continue this week.

But it has abandoned four of five main protests sites in response to a more forceful police response and an outcry from local businesses that claimed a heavy loss in sales.

This comes as the group made a decision to change tactics in its second week of protests, shifting from disruption to political negotiations.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan warned on Sunday that protests were starting to overstretch the police, limiting their ability to respond to daily crime.

Members would commit to not disrupting other areas in exchange for Mr Khan speeding up the implementation of the Declaration of Climate and Ecological Emergency, and considering setting up a London Citizens' Assembly.

His predecessor as London Mayor, former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, said in a newspaper column that the government was set to announce a target of zero net emissions by 2050.

They know a fair bit about extinction at the Natural History Museum but rather less about rebellion.

"Surely this is the time for the protesters to take their pink boat to Tiananmen Square, and lecture them in the way they have been lecturing us".

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