Hundreds of Climate Activists Arrested
With over 300 activists arrested this weekend alone, Extinction Rebellion’s international demonstrations are just getting started.
Cities around the world have been put on hold for the International Rebellion. From bridge closures in London to protests in Sydney and Amsterdam, climate activists have come together to demand change.
According to the Metropolitan Police, 319 arrests have been made in connection to the protests as of Monday 7th October in London alone, slowly adding to the list of over a thousand protesters arrested during Extinction Rebellion’s demonstrations in April.
Dozens are facing criminal charges in Australia and New Zealand, and this is only the beginning of the socio-political movement. Major disruptions are planned for the upcoming fortnight.
Additional police officers patrolled key landmarks in London over the weekend. They encountered not only the Red Rebels surrounding the Cabinet Office and the total blockage of Westminster Bridge, but a wedding and a hearse with ‘our future’ resting in the coffin. The vehicle’s creativity was rewarded with a parking ticket.
'I am confident these protests are going to lead to a solid change. Extinction Rebellion isnt going to go away,' said Sir Mark Ryland, who recently resigned from the Royal Shakespeare Company over its partnership with BP and attended the demonstrations in London.
Extinction Rebellion was founded in 2018 with the aims to use acts of civil disobedience to compel the Government to declare a climate emergency, reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2025, and allow a Citizens’ Assembly to lead the UK’s climate and ecological justice movement.