British police order a halt to climate change protests in London

Police officers remove a volunteer with the Extinction Rebellion who was protesting the role of banks in financing fossil fuel projects undermining the 2015 Paris Agreement to curb climate change, in London, Britain, October 14, 2019, in this image obtained via social media. Louise Jasper via REUTERS
Police officers remove a volunteer with the Extinction Rebellion who was protesting the role of banks in financing fossil fuel projects undermining the 2015 Paris Agreement to curb climate change, in London, Britain, October 14, 2019, in this image obtained via social media. Louise Jasper via REUTERS

The police move to halt Extinction Rebellion protests comes after a week of civil disobedience by activists targeting government buildings and banks

LONDON – (Reuters) – British police have ordered a halt to Extinction Rebellion protests in London after a week of civil disobedience by climate change activists who have targeted government buildings and major financial institutions.

“Any assembly linked to the Extinction Rebellion ‘Autumn Uprising’… must now cease their protest(s) within London,” the police said in a statement late on Monday.

Police said 1,445 people had been arrested in the protests so far.

Extinction Rebellion uses civil disobedience to highlight the risks posed by climate change and the accelerating loss of plant and animal species.

“The climate and ecological emergency isn’t going away and we remain resolute in facing it,” the group said in response to the police move. “We urge the government and the authorities to join us in doing the same. We cannot do it alone.”

(Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge; editing by Michael Holden)