Climate protests block roads in European cities

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Activists with the Extinction Rebellion movement blocked major roads in Berlin and Amsterdam on Monday at the beginning of what was billed as a wide-ranging series of protests demanding new climate policies.

Founded in Britain last year, the movement, also known as XR, now has chapters in some 50 countries.

In the UK, police have started arresting climate change protesters as they attempt to block roads in central London.

Extinction Rebellion demonstrates in Berlin
An activist of global environment movement Extinction Rebellion (XR) holds a banner reading ‘take action’ as they block the traffic junction ‘Grosser Stern’ around the victory column in Berlin, Germany, 07 October 2019. Extinction Rebellion activists announced that climate change protests and blockades will take place in the German capital starting 07 October. EPA-EFE/CLEMENS BILAN

Thousands of people are expected to demonstrate over the next two weeks and witnesses say that their numbers are already overwhelming police in some streets.

Two people have blocked the road outside New Scotland Yard after chaining themselves to a metal cylinder inside a car.

Around 1,000 people blocked the Grosser Stern, a traffic circle in the middle of the German capital’s Tiergarten park dominated by the landmark Victory Column, in a protest that started in the early hours.

Extinction Rebellion protest in Brisbane
 Extinction Rebellion activists march during Brisbane Rebellion Week, in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, 07 October 2019. The Extinction Rebellion (XR) climate protests movement has planned a ‘spring rebellion’ from 07 to 13 October 2019, including marches aimed at blocking traffic. EPA-EFE/REGI VARGHESE 

Members of Extinction Rebellion have also set up a camp outside Chancellor Angela Merkel’s office, reflecting dissatisfaction with a climate policy package drawn up last month by her government, ahead of what it called an “international rebellion” starting Monday. It says protests are planned in 60 cities worldwide.

Extinction Rebellion protest in Amsterdam
 Extinction Rebellion (XR) activists block the Stadhouderskade street in front of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 07 October 2019. Activists carried on with the protest despite the ban by the municipality. EPA-EFE/NIELS WENSTEDT

In Amsterdam, hundreds of demonstrators blocked a major road outside the Rijksmuseum, one of the city’s most popular tourist draws, and set up tents.

Via Sky News/ NBC

See also: Extinction Rebellion Day Of Protest Kicks Off

 

 

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