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02 Sep 2020 | 11:03 AM UTC

UK: Dozens arrested following environmental demonstrations on September 1 /update 2

United Kingdom News Alert

Over 90 people arrested on September 1 in London amid environmental protests; further protests scheduled in near term

TIMEFRAME expected from 9/2/2020, 12:00 AM until 9/5/2020, 11:59 PM (Europe/London). COUNTRY/REGION United Kingdom, London

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Event

Over 90 people were arrested in London on Tuesday, September 1, during environmental protests in the city. The protest was held near Parliament Square, where protesters reportedly blocked roads surrounding the area. The protest was organized by the Extinction Rebellion (XR) activist movement and was held to demand greater government action to tackle climate change.

Extinction Rebellion has launched a number of protest actions since August 29 in an attempt to disrupt the bank holiday weekend, with further demonstrations planned to be held in multiple cities in the coming days.

Context

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. Almost 2000 people were arrested during the protests, which brought parts of central London to a standstill.

Advice

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 crowd disturbances, opportunistic crime, and crowd control measures by the police.

 

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