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Thousands of Extinction Rebellion activists march on London in sunshine


Thousands of Extinction Rebellion activists march into London in the sunshine … after a meager turnout on a damp and gloomy bank holiday weekend

  • Protesters waved banners like "Make Earth Great Again" as they marched in large numbers down the mall
  • There was limited social distancing among climate activists, although many wore face coverings
  • There will also be rallies in Manchester and Cardiff as part of two-week coordinated actions

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At least five Extinction Rebellion activists were arrested as protesters gathered in London today to urge the government to take urgent steps to address change as they launched controversial large-scale actions for two weeks.

Protesters waved banners such as "Make Earth Great Again" today as they marched down the mall in large numbers – with limited social distancing despite current Covid restrictions.

The rallies in Parliament Square as well as Cardiff and Manchester take place after the protests planned earlier this year were canceled due to the spread of the coronavirus.

There were limited XR protests yesterday, including outside banks in Essex over the financial industry's investment in fossil fuels, but few activists emerged.

Protesters waved flags and banners today as they marched down the mall in large numbers – with limited social distancing despite current Covid restrictions, despite many wearing masks

One of the group's activists was carried away by police in a mask during protests in central London today

One of the group's activists was carried away by police in a mask during protests in central London today

This woman smiled as she was carried away by Met police after blocking a street in Parliament Square

This woman smiled as she was carried away by Met police after blocking a street in Parliament Square

Another woman is taken away by officials during the first major protests against a two-week XR campaign

Another woman is taken away by officials during the first major protests against a two-week XR campaign

The police speak to a woman who is pre-checking near Parliament. She wears the Extinction Rebellion logo on her shirt

The police speak to a woman who is pre-checking near Parliament. She wears the Extinction Rebellion logo on her shirt

The protesters held banners like "Make Earth Great Again" while another read "The only thing we should burn is safe" in an obvious notice to the government's Covid advisory group

The protesters held banners like "Make Earth Great Again" while another read "The only thing we should burn is safe" in an obvious notice to the government's Covid advisory group

Demonstrations also took place in St Peter & # 39; s Square in Manchester, where banners with slogans such as "Planet over Profit" were displayed.

Demonstrations also took place in St Peter & # 39; s Square in Manchester, where banners with slogans such as "Planet over Profit" were displayed.

MEPs returned to Westminster today after a summer break and protesters are campaigning to support a climate and environmental emergencies bill and a citizens' assembly to discuss new approaches to tackling climate change.

“The government is not doing what is necessary to keep people safe. We are here to take action because their criminal negligence puts lives at risk, ”the group said on its website.

"We refuse to be spectators and wait for this emergency to go beyond the point of no return."

Last week, organizers said other "institutions of power" would be targeted in the coming days, adding that they would encourage protesters to respect social distancing in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

MEPs returned to Westminster today after a summer break and protesters are campaigning to support a climate and environmental emergencies bill and a citizens' assembly to discuss new approaches to tackling climate change. Protesters are pictured in London

MEPs returned to Westminster today after a summer break and protesters are campaigning to support a climate and environmental emergencies bill and a citizens' assembly to discuss new approaches to tackling climate change. Protesters are pictured in London

Last week, organizers said other "institutions of power" would be targeted in the coming days, adding that they would encourage protesters to respect social distancing in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic

Last week, organizers said other "institutions of power" would be targeted in the coming days, adding that they would encourage protesters to respect social distancing in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic

Many of the banners in London contained references to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who today defended his climate record

Many of the banners in London contained references to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who today defended his climate record

Police have placed restrictions on where protesters can gather and have said they must obey the rules or be required to arrest.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said climate activists should "jump for joy" in the face of the government's climate record, and said today that new political announcements would be made this fall.

"From this crisis we will build better back in this country, we will rebuild faster and we will build back greener," Johnson told the senior ministers before a cabinet meeting.

"And there will be a lot more of this government leading a new green industrial revolution for Britain."

Police have placed restrictions on where protesters can gather and have said they must obey the rules or be required to arrest. Protesters are pictured in Manchester

Police have placed restrictions on where protesters can gather and have said they must obey the rules or be required to arrest. Protesters are pictured in Manchester

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said climate activists - seen here in London - should "jump" for joy over the government's climate record, and today he said new political announcements would be made this fall

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said climate activists – seen here in London – should "jump" for joy over the government's climate record, and today he said new political announcements would be made this fall

A woman in St. Peter's Square in Manchester wearing a sign criticizing banks for continuing to fund the fossil fuel industry

A woman in St. Peter's Square in Manchester wearing a sign criticizing banks for continuing to fund the fossil fuel industry

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