On Saturday, September 5, Extinction Rebellion protesters blockaded two newspaper printworks in the UK, demonstrating against an alleged lack of reporting on climate change. The affected printworks were in Broxbourne (Hertfordshire), northeast of London, and in Knowsley (Merseyside), near Liverpool. Hertfordshire and Merseyside police stated they had made 42 and 30 arrests, respectively. The overnight distribution of certain newspapers has reportedly been affected.
Further related protests are likely nationwide over the near to medium term. A heightened security presence and an associated disruption to transportation and business are likely at protest sites.
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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