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UK: Environmentalist protests continue in London April 25 /update 4

Climate change activists protest outside London Stock Exchange building April 25; further demonstrations possible in the coming days

25 Apr 06:45 AM UTC
TIMEFRAME expected from 4/25/2019, 12:00 AM until 4/29/2019, 11:59 PM (Europe/London). COUNTRY/REGION London
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Event

Members of the Extinction Rebellion (ER) environmental group glued themselves to the wall of the London Stock Exchange on the morning (local time) of Thursday, April 25. It is unclear how long the protesters will remain outside of the building. Another rally is expected to be held on Thursday at Southwark Cathedral from 07:30. On Wednesday, April 24, the group agreed to end blockades at Marble Arch and Parliament Square in London, but vowed to leave the remaining roadblocks in place. A heightened security presence along with traffic disruptions are expected around demonstration sites.

Further demonstrations are expected in London through at least Monday, April 29. The group has called for open-ended demonstrations; as such, protests are likely to continue in the coming days. The group has called for open-ended demonstrations; as such, protests are likely to continue in the coming days. 

Context

Related gatherings have taken place in Central London since April 15, which have led to road closures, significant traffic congestion, and severe disruptions to public transportation and local businesses. At least 1000 activists have been arrested. The ER is calling on the government to reduce carbon emissions to zero by 2025 and want to "shut down London" until at least April 29 in a series of protests.

Advice

Individuals in London are advised to keep abreast of the situation, avoid all protests as a precaution, and prepare for possible transportation disruptions.

 

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