Gluing yourself to a train. Wow.
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arrested since Monday, including three charged with gluing themselves to a
Police rest days have been cancelled
over the bank holiday, as more than 1,000 officers are deployed in London.
Sajid Javid said the climate
activists had "no right to cause misery" and the Met Police
"must take a firm stance".
Officers have also been asked to
work 12-hour shifts, while the Violent Crime Task Force has had leave
"This will have implications in
the weeks and months beyond this protest as officers take back leave and the
cost of overtime," a Met Police spokesman said.
Image copyright PA Image caption Traffic
has been blocked at four sites since Monday
British Transport Police said it
"continues to deploy additional officers throughout the London rail
network to deter and disrupt further protest activity".
Heathrow Airport said it was
"working with the authorities" following threats protesters may try
to disrupt flights over the Easter weekend.
The Met said "strong
plans" were in place to enable a significant number of officers to be
deployed to Heathrow if necessary.
Police have made further arrests,
but activists continue to block traffic at four sites around the capital.
Marble Arch, Parliament Square,
Oxford Circus and Waterloo Bridge have been occupied by protesters since
Transport for London warned delays
around those areas were expected "throughout the day".
Met Assistant Commissioner Nick
Ephgrave has said police may need new powers to deal with non-violent protests
on this scale, due to the large number of arrestees for police and courts to
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Image caption Oscar winning actress and writer Emma Thompson joined protesters
at Marble Arch
Oscar winning actress and writer
Emma Thompson joined protesters, saying it was the "first real hopeful
movement I've joined".
Speaking from the blockade at Marble
Arch, Ms Thompson said: "Our Planet is in deep danger, our grandchildren
and our great-grandchildren are going to face problems the likes of which we
cannot even begin to imagine.
"Unfortunately our governments
haven't listened to us, so now we have to make them listen."
Image copyright PA Image caption Activists
remain glued to a boat in the middle of Oxford Circus
On Wednesday, a man glued himself to
a Docklands Light Railway (DLR) train carriage in Canary Wharf while a man and
woman were removed from the roof.
Cathy Eastburn, 51, from Lambeth in
south London, Mark Ovland, 35 of Somerton in Somerset and Luke Watson, 29, of
Manuden in Essex, appeared before Highbury Magistrates' Court charged with
obstructing trains or carriages on the railway.
They all pleaded not guilty to the
charge and will next appear at Blackfriars Crown Court on 16 May.
The Met said a total of 10 people
had so far been charged in connection with the protests.
Circus / Extinction Rebellion - Piccadilly Circus is being blocked
intermittently by demonstrators. Use alternative routes where possible. Regent
Street remains closed northbound. pic.twitter.com/K0JJOWRhht
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Some protesters have been seen
returning to the blockades despite being arrested.
Police action to deter activists was
having the "opposite" effect, according to environmental scientist
Dominic Goetz who has returned to Waterloo Bridge following his arrest on
"I don't know whether I will be
arrested again or not. If I am, I think the consequences will probably not be
particularly severe," the 47-year-old said.
Image copyright Reuters Image
caption More than 425 people have been arrested since Monday
Met chiefs have also condemned
footage of officers dancing with protesters.
The videos posted on social media, which showed police
officers joining activists at Oxford Circus on Wednesday evening, have been
condemned as "unacceptable behaviour".
"We expect our officers to
engage with protesters but clearly their actions fall short of the tone of the
policing operation," Cdr Jane Connors said.
Image caption Demonstrators have
been holding intermittent blockages on Vauxhall Bridge
In a letter to the home secretary,
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan suggested cuts to police funding were restricting
the Met's ability to cope with the demonstrators.
A group of demonstrators has been
blocking Vauxhall Bridge for short periods of time as part of a
Similar intermittent roadblocks have
also been formed by activists at Piccadilly Circus.
is Extinction Rebellion?
Media captionThe co-founder of the
protest group invites people to join
Since the group was set up last
year, members have shut bridges, poured buckets of fake blood outside Downing
Street, blockaded the BBC and stripped semi-naked in Parliament.
It has three core demands: for the government to
"tell the truth about climate change"; to reduce carbon emissions to
zero by 2025; and to create a citizens' assembly to oversee progress.>>>