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15 Oct 2019 | 09:56 AM UTC

UK: Police order a halt to XR protests in London October 14 /update 1

United Kingdom News Alert

Police demand end to protests held by Extinction Rebellion (XR) in London October 14; further transport and business disruptions likely

TIMEFRAME expected from 10/15/2019, 12:00 AM until 10/18/2019, 11:59 PM (Europe/London). COUNTRY/REGION London

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Event

On Monday, October 14, British police have ordered a halt to Extinction Rebellion (XR) demonstrations in London after severe transportation and business disruptions were caused by the protests throughout the week prior. Police forces reportedly cleared Trafalgar Square of protesters and tents, and demanded that any assembly in the capital cease by 21:00 (local time). Dispersed protests were reported despite the ban on the morning of Tuesday, October 15, notably near the Department for Transport in Westminster, as protesters reportedly glued themselves to the building.

A heightened security presence and transport disruptions, including traffic and public transport delays, are expected in the vicinity. 

Context

The Extinction Rebellion (XR) environmental group has organized disruptive protests around the world since November 2018 to demand increased action to address climate change issues. XR held a series of international protests between October 7-14.

Advice

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

 

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