Environmental protest group Extinction Rebellion (XR) blocked another main junction in London on the second day of climate protests set to last two weeks.
XR activists blocked Cambridge Circus, the heart of theater district West End at the junction of Shaftesbury Avenue and Charing Cross Road, by parking a white hire van and buoy just after 3 p.m.
XR Founder Gail Bradbrook told British news outlet The Guardian that the area had been intended for “crisis talks,” an assembly where the public could debate the climate crisis.
“XR is not here to tell people what to do. We are here to say there’s a crisis folks. We’ve got to do this together. The leaders of the country and of business are leading us off a cliff, so we’ve got to come together,” Bradbrook said.
Videos showed the protesters dancing around the police in the streets of London and Canterbury.
Earlier, activists blocked Whitehall in front of the Treasury building in Westminster, which the Metropolitan Police described on Twitter as “causing unreasonable disruption to the community.”
The Welsh chapter of XR locked themselves together in the street in front of the tax collection department, blocking trafficking.
The Metropolitan Police said that they made “a number of arrests” from the protest.
“Some people have once again used complicated lock-on devices, adding to the unreasonable nature of this disruption,” the police said.
The police confirmed in a statement that they arrested 40 people from the protests on Aug. 24 on top of the 68 arrests on Aug. 23 and 10 arrests on Aug. 22, bringing the total number to 118 for “a variety of offences.”
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