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07 Oct 2019 | 02:56 PM UTC

UK: Climate activists begin two-week shutdown of Westminster (London) October 7 /update 1

United Kingdom News Alert

At least 135 people arrested as climate activists begin two-week shutdown of Westminster (London) October 7; heightened security presence and localized traffic disruptions expected over the near term

TIMEFRAME expected from 10/7/2019, 12:00 AM until 10/21/2019, 11:59 PM (Europe/London). COUNTRY/REGION Westminster (London)

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Event

Police arrested at least 135 people affiliated with the Extinction Rebellion (XR) environmental group on Monday, October 7, as they began a two-week shutdown of the Westminster area (London). Severe traffic delays were reported in London on Monday as protesters attempted to occupy key junctions, spaces, and government departments. As of Monday evening (local time), both Westminster Bridge and Lambeth Bridge have been closed to traffic, while Trafalgar Square, Victoria Embankment, and Whitehall have all been blockaded by demonstrators. XR expects approximately 10,000 people to participate in the shutdown over the course of the coming two weeks.

A heightened security presence and significant transport and business disruptions are expected during the protest period.

Context

The Extinction Rebellion environmental group has organized disruptive protests around the world since November 2018 to demand increased action to address climate change issues. XR is planning a series of international protests starting the week of Monday, October 7. Previous similar protests by XR in central London caused significant transport and business disruptions in April 2019.

Advice

Individuals in London are advised to monitor developments, avoid all protests and demonstrations, prepare for associated disruptions to transportation and business, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities.

 

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