Environmental protest group Extinction Rebellion (XR) has built a giant pink table in one of the busiest junctions of Covent Garden in London on the first day of the group’s two-week climate protests.
On Aug. 23, XR has erected a four-meter high table near Leicester Square with the words, “Come to the table,” written on it as part of the group’s latest wave of protests to demand the government to stop using fossil fuels.
“As floods, fire, and famine break out around the world, it is clear that climate breakdown is here now, and there is no choice left now but to take urgent action. Everyone deserves a seat at the table to have a say in how to tackle the greatest crisis of our times,” XR said in a statement.
“When those in positions of power are incapable, it is the responsibility of the people to step up. We are in the greatest crisis humanity has ever faced, and Extinction Rebellion is calling crisis talks,” Charlie Waterhouse of XR said.
The Metropolitan Police has made over 50 arrests “for a variety of offenses” at the protests.
The police also issued a dispersal order, calling the protest to end at 7 p.m. local time.
Police Deputy Assistant Commissioner Matt Twist said in a statement ahead of the protests that XR had the intention to “cause significant disruption.”
The protests came after the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change of the United Nations released a report confirming that human activities, including burning fossil fuels, were “unequivocally” driving the climate crisis.
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