Members of environmental protest group Extinction Rebellion (XR) blocked the Tower Bridge in central London on the seventh day of two-week climate protests, demanding urgent action from the government to address the climate crisis.
XR protesters blocked the famous bridge in the Southwark borough with a van and a caravan and laid down on the ground on Aug. 30 to protest against government investment in fossil fuels.
“We’re here blocking Tower Bridge today to mark the start of a week long intervention on the City of London. The City is responsible for 15 percent of emissions globally. It’s at the heart of the climate crisis as in funds and insures the fossil fuel industry,” an XR spokesperson told British online newspaper The Independent.
“Extinction Rebellion are demanding that the government ban all new investment in fossil fuels immediately… If the government aren’t even willing to take this first step and begin to stop making the crisis worse, how can people trust that they are serious about tackling the climate crisis?” the spokesperson further said.
The Metropolitan Police said that officers arrived on the scene “almost immediately,” adding that they warned protesters that “this obstruction of roads is unreasonable and they must disperse.”
“If they do not move, they may be arrested,” the police warned.
Later, the police made 11 arrests, bringing the total number of arrests since Aug. 23 to 364 for “a variety of offenses.”
Police also said that the Tower Bridge “has been cleared and traffic is flowing.”
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