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08 Oct 2019 | 03:03 PM UTC

UK: Extinction Rebellion activists protest in London October 8 /update 3

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Extinction Rebellion activists continue to protest in London October 8; heightened security presence and transportation disruptions to be expected over the coming hours

TIMEFRAME expected from 10/8/2019, 12:00 AM until 10/21/2019, 11:59 PM (Europe/London). COUNTRY/REGION London

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Event

Extinction Rebellion (XR) activists have continued to protest in London on Tuesday, October 8, obstructing major roads and key government offices. Protesters have gathered around Trafalgar Square and have blocked Marsham Street in front of the Home Office, and have reportedly glued themselves to the Department for Transport building and the lobby of the Home Office. Police have arrested hundreds of demonstrators on Monday, October 7, and Tuesday in the capital.

XR has also called for its supporters to occupy London City Airport (LCY) for up to three days from Thursday, October 10, through Saturday, October 12, as part of a two-week protest movement to bring awareness to climate change. Participants plan to gather at several locations in the Westminster area at 07:30 (local time) or gather directly at LCY at 09:00 on Thursday. Organizers have said that they plan to occupy and block security in the departure and arrival lounges. If that is not possible, they plan to occupy the DLR station and road outside the terminal.

A heightened security presence and transportation disruptions are to be expected in central London over the coming hours. Flight delays and cancelations are possible at LCY over the coming days.

Context

The Extinction Rebellion (XR) movement 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 October 7. Previous protests by XR in central London caused significant transportation and business disruptions in April 2019.

Advice

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

Travelers flying via LCY are advised to confirm flight reservations prior to leaving for the airport, budget additional time to reach the airport, and contact their airline for additional information.

 

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