The Extinction Rebellion (XR) group plans to stage a demonstration on Thursday, October 17, disrupting train service on the London Underground (Tube). The group stated that it has informed the Metropolitan Police, British Transport Police, and the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union of the planned demonstration and has asked transport workers not to intervene in the protest. This comes days after the Metropolitan Police announced a ban on XR protests in London on October 15. XR has continued to hold protests despite the ban, with over 100 supporters staging a protest in front of Google Headquarters in the afternoon (local time) on Wednesday, October 16.
A heightened security presence and transportation disruptions, including traffic and public transport delays, are expected in the vicinity of all protests.
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.
Individuals in London are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid all protests and demonstrations, expect transportation and business disruptions, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities. Individuals traveling via the London Underground are advised to plan alternate routes and budget extra time to reach their destinations.
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