The climate activist group Extinction Rebellion have announced their intention to stage a campaign of civil disobedience in several urban centers between Friday, August 28, and Saturday, September 5. It is indicated the group will stage rallies in London, Manchester, Bristol, and Cardiff, to demand that the government take greater action to combat climate change. The main national action will reportedly take place in London on Tuesday, September 1, during which members of the group intend to stage a peaceful blockade of the Houses of Parliament. The following actions will reportedly take place between August 28 and September 5, although specific timings/dates are yet to be made public:
- Bristol: Protesters plan to disrupt traffic in the city center by blocking the Prince Street Bridge
- Cardiff: Demonstrators intend to disrupt activity in the city center
- Manchester: Protesters intend to disrupt activity in the city center
Further protests are likely to be held in urban centers nationwide between the above dates. A heightened security forces presence and localized travel disruptions should be anticipated in the vicinity of the protests.
Extinction Rebellion previously held global demonstrations during the summer of 2019, with protests often leading to significant travel disruption, as well as numerous clashes between protesters and police. Typically, these protests are held with the intention to disrupt travel/operations in a certain area, targeting infrastructure such as overland and underground rail, airports, and government buildings/financial districts.
Those in the UK are advised to allow extra time for travel due to the demonstrations and potential delays. Travelers are advised to monitor local media in order to stay up to date with developments relating to the demonstrations and any associated disruption. Travelers are advised to avoid all demonstrations in order to minimize the risk of exposure to potential incidental violence, opportunistic crime, and crowd control measures by the police.
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