Climate protests block roads across Europe to demand action

Wednesday, 09 Oct, 2019

Extinction Rebellion says it expects peaceful protests over the next two weeks in more than 60 cities from New Delhi to NY calling on governments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2025 and halt a loss of biodiversity.

Police arrested several people and all roads have since been reopened.

"I think this is a huge success", protest organizer Patrick Yancey said just moments before he was arrested. With outreach efforts now underway, he expects the group's membership to grow.

The group calls itself "a nonviolent, peaceful, and disciplined movement".

Those at the Berlin protests included activist Carola Rackete, best known as the German captain of a humanitarian rescue ship who was arrested for docking in an Italian port without authorization this year to disembark migrants rescued at sea.

Radcliffe acknowledged there are also other ways to protest rather than causing disruptions.

The protests in Canada were on some of the country's busiest bridges including Angus L. Macdonald Bridge over Halifax Harbour, the Burrard Street bridge in Vancouver and the Prince Edward Viaduct in Toronto where protesters sprawled out on the roadway, according to The Canadian Press.

Trafalgar Square was closed to traffic and an arrest was made on the Westminister Bridge.

In New Delhi, one of the world's most polluted cities, dozens of protesters staged another preliminary event Sunday by holding a "die-in" on a road in the heart of India's capital. Here's how you can, even for a few dollars a month.

The movement garnered global headlines in April, 2019, when protesters blocked traffic in central London for nearly two weeks.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has disagreed with the disruptive style of the latest climate change protest which hit Wellington.

"We all share an interest in climate protection, and the Paris climate targets are our standard in this", Braun told ZDF television.

It led to the United Kingdom government passing a non-binding resolution declaring an environment and climate emergency, one of Extinction Rebellion's key demands.

"We do it to highlight the threat of extinction if we don't change our ways", Cape Town pharmacy student Jade Vester told AFP. "So far we haven't seen any action". "We don't want reforms, in fact, we want a revolution".

"We have got to a point where we actually have to do something", Jackie Cooper, a 57-year-old former lawyer dressed as Bugs Bunny who had traveled from north west England.

On Monday, organisers blockaded key sites in central London, in addition to demonstrating outside government departments.

It's expected to begin just after 8 a.m. and there's no word on how long the protest could last.

London police arrested at least 135 people.

Extinction Rebellion says some protestors are willing to be arrested.

They are making three demands of the federal government: take action to halt biodiversity loss, reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero by 2024, create a citizen's assembly to hold elected politicians to account and public acknowledgement and transparency of the climate change situation.

Protesters then lay down in the street in front of the New York Stock Exchange, as though they were dead. If violence was used or critical infrastructure such as the airport became affected, the police would have to intervene, he said.

Merkel's chief of staff, Helge Braun, criticized its tactics.

Extinction Rebellion said protesters from the XR Peace group were arrested as they blocked Victoria Embankment, outside the Ministry of Defence. "[This protest has been] organised by a smaller group [within Extinction Rebellion]".