Climate change protesters plan to disrupt Tube services

Campaigners are planning to disrupt Tube services as part of a series of climate change protests which have led to more than 200 people being arrested in the capital.

Extinction Rebellion demonstrations have been taking place at Parliament Square, Waterloo Bridge, Oxford Circus and Marble Arch this week.

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Police officers place a protester who glued herself to the roof of a DLR train carriage into a safety harness at Canary Wharf station in London,UK on April 17, 2019. This is part of on going climate change protests in London. (Photo by Claire Doherty/Sipa USA)
Police officers begin to remove Extinction Rebellion demonstrators on Waterloo Bridge, London.
Police begin to remove climate activists who glued themselves on top of a Dockland Light Railway train at Canary Wharf station in east London, as part of the ongoing climate change protests in the capital.
Police officers begin to remove protesters who glued themselves to the roof of a DLR train carriage at Canary Wharf DLR station in London,UK on April 17, 2019. This is part of on going climate change protests in London. (Photo by Claire Doherty/Sipa USA)
A climate change protester who glued herself to the roof of a DLR train at Canary Wharf DLR station in London,UK on April 17, 2019 is led away by the police. (Photo by Claire Doherty/Sipa USA)
One of two climate activists are led away by police after they took over a Dockland Light Railway at Canary Wharf station in east London as part of the ongoing climate change protests in the capital.
Extinction Rebellion demonstrators on Waterloo Bridge, London. Some 290 people have been arrested in connection with demonstrations by the Extinction Rebellion group.
Extinction Rebellion demonstrators on Waterloo Bridge, London. Some 290 people have been arrested in connection with demonstrations by the Extinction Rebellion group.
A climate activist after he glued himself to a Dockland Light Railway at Canary Wharf station in east London as part of the ongoing climate change protests in the capital.
Climate activists ontop of a Dockland Light Railway at Canary Wharf station in east London as part of the ongoing climate change protests in the capital.
Climate protesters join Extinction Rebellion Scotland as they form a road block on the North Bridge in Edinburgh.
Climate protesters join Extinction Rebellion Scotland as they form a road block on the North Bridge in Edinburgh.
Climate protesters join Extinction Rebellion Scotland as they form a road block on the North Bridge in Edinburgh.
Climate protesters join Extinction Rebellion Scotland as they form a road block on the North Bridge in Edinburgh.
Climate protesters join Extinction Rebellion Scotland as they form a road block on the North Bridge in Edinburgh.
A demonstrator is led away by police during the second day of an Extinction Rebellion protest on Waterloo Bridge in London.
A demonstrator is arrested during the second day of an Extinction Rebellion protest on Waterloo Bridge in London.
A demonstrator is arrested during the second day of an Extinction Rebellion protest on Waterloo Bridge in London.
Demonstrators during an Extinction Rebellion protest in Parliament Square, London, as more than 100 people have been arrested as police deal with ongoing climate change protests.
Demonstrators chain and glue themselves to a lorry on Waterloo Bridge in London during a Extinction Rebellion protest, as more than 100 people have been arrested as police deal with ongoing climate change protests.
Extinction Rebellion demonstrators camp near Marble Arch, London, as more than 100 people have been arrested as police deal with ongoing climate change protests.
Extinction Rebellion demonstrators camp near Marble Arch, London, as more than 100 people have been arrested as police deal with ongoing climate change protests.
Extinction Rebellion demonstrators camp near Marble Arch, London, as more than 100 people have been arrested as police deal with ongoing climate change protests.
A pink boat saying Tell the Truth at the Oxford Circus during the protest. Activist protest at the Parliament Square demanding for urgent Government action on climate change, the protest was organised by Extinction Rebellion. (Photo by Dinendra Haria / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
An environmental activists is seen waving flags during the demonstration. Activist protest at the Parliament Square demanding for urgent Government action on climate change, the protest was organised by Extinction Rebellion. (Photo by Dinendra Haria / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
Environmental activists are seen carrying a coffin during the demonstration. Activist protest at the Parliament Square demanding for urgent Government action on climate change, the protest was organised by Extinction Rebellion. (Photo by Dinendra Haria / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
Environmental activists are seen shouting slogans while holding a banner and placards during the demonstration. Activist protest at the Parliament Square demanding for urgent Government action on climate change, the protest was organised by Extinction Rebellion. (Photo by Dinendra Haria / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
An environmental activist seen holding a placard that says go green during the demonstration at the Parliament Square. Activist protest at the Parliament Square demanding for urgent Government action on climate change, the protest was organised by Extinction Rebellion. (Photo by Dinendra Haria / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
Environmental activists are seen wearing fancy dress costumes during the demonstration. Activist protest at the Parliament Square demanding for urgent Government action on climate change, the protest was organised by Extinction Rebellion. (Photo by Dinendra Haria / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
Activists are seen holding a banner during the protest. Extinction Rebellion (XR) is an international movement that uses non-violent civil disobedience to achieve radical change in order to minimize the risk of human extinction and ecological collapse. From Monday 15 April, Extinction Rebellion is taking action on the streets of cities all over the world. In The Hague, the 'International Rebellion XR Netherlands' declared its own full-scale rebellion to demand decisive action from governments on climate change and ecological collapse. Also the Blood of our Children', a symbolic act where buckets of fake blood were poured on the street right next to the government offices to show the politicians that every second is more blood on their hands. (Photo by Ana Fernandez / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
An activist is seen applauding during the protest. Extinction Rebellion (XR) is an international movement that uses non-violent civil disobedience to achieve radical change in order to minimize the risk of human extinction and ecological collapse. From Monday 15 April, Extinction Rebellion is taking action on the streets of cities all over the world. In The Hague, the 'International Rebellion XR Netherlands' declared its own full-scale rebellion to demand decisive action from governments on climate change and ecological collapse. Also the Blood of our Children', a symbolic act where buckets of fake blood were poured on the street right next to the government offices to show the politicians that every second is more blood on their hands. (Photo by Ana Fernandez / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
A protester seen holding a placard during the Extinction Rebellion demonstration in London. Extinction Rebellion protesters bring London to a standstill. The protesters lined up across the exits to Parliament Square in Westminster, with some sitting in the road. The group plan to be blocking five of the city�s busiest and most iconic locations in a non-violent, peaceful act of rebellion - for up to two weeks (Photo by Keith Mayhew / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
Protesters seen holding two large banner with a man performing a dead body in the middle of the road during the Extinction Rebellion demonstration in London. Extinction Rebellion protesters bring London to a standstill. The protesters lined up across the exits to Parliament Square in Westminster, with some sitting in the road. The group plan to be blocking five of the city�s busiest and most iconic locations in a non-violent, peaceful act of rebellion - for up to two weeks (Photo by Keith Mayhew / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
Demonstrators during a Extinction Rebellion protest at Marble Arch in London.
Climate change protesters from Extinction Rebellion take their protest to the Shell Petroleum HQ in London,UK on April 15, 2019. (Photo by Claire Doherty/Sipa USA)
Climate change protesters from Extinction Rebellion take their protest to the Shell Petroleum HQ in London,UK on April 15, 2019. (Photo by Claire Doherty/Sipa USA)
A women sits amongst broken glass after smashing a glass door with a screw driver at the Shell building. Climate change protesters from Extinction Rebellion take their protest to the Shell Petroleum HQ in London,UK on April 15, 2019. (Photo by Claire Doherty/Sipa USA)
A police officer speaks with a protester who has glued her hand to the door of the Shell building. Climate change protesters from Extinction Rebellion take their protest to the Shell Petroleum HQ in London,UK on April 15, 2019. (Photo by Claire Doherty/Sipa USA)
Climate change protesters from Extinction Rebellion take their protest to the Shell Petroleum HQ in London,UK on April 15, 2019. (Photo by Claire Doherty/Sipa USA)
People take photographs following an Extinction Rebellion protest on Waterloo Bridge in London.
A security guard stands by a graffiti covered Shell building on the Southbank in London, during a Extinction Rebellion protest.
Demonstrators during a Extinction Rebellion protest in Parliament Square in London.
Office workers watch demonstrators during a Extinction Rebellion protest at the Shell building on the Southbank in London.
Demonstrators during a Extinction Rebellion protest in Oxford Circus in London.
Demonstrators during a Extinction Rebellion protest in Oxford Circus in London.
Demonstrators during a Extinction Rebellion protest on Waterloo Bridge in London.
Demonstrators during a Extinction Rebellion protest on Waterloo Bridge in London.
Demonstrators lead a boat through Oxford Circus in London during a Extinction Rebellion protest.
Police speaking to demonstrators during a Extinction Rebellion protest on Waterloo Bridge in London.
Extinction Rebellion demonstrators on Waterloo Bridge, London, after police issued a Section 14 Public Order Act 1986 warning.
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The protests have led to road closures, traffic gridlock and serious disruption to public transport and local businesses, with 55 bus routes closed and 500,000 people affected.

The campaign group said it is planning to "non-violently disrupt Tube services to highlight the emergency of ecological collapse" on Wednesday if the Government does not meet its members.

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A demonstrator is arrested during the second day of an Extinction Rebellion protest on Waterloo Bridge in London (Kirsty O'Connor/PA Images)

It added: "Participants will peacefully break the law in order to stop the Tube and then will wait to be arrested.

"We sincerely apologise to all those who may suffer as a consequence of this disruption. In any other circumstances we would never dream of disrupting the Tube but this is an emergency.

"We request that workers do not intervene in the protests to ensure that they go as smoothly and safely as possible for all involved."

It is not clear how the group plans to disrupt Tube services.

But London Mayor Sadiq Khan said that while he shared the passion of the protesters about the urgent need to tackle climate change he was "extremely concerned" about plans to disrupt the London Underground.

In a statement posted on Twitter he said: "It is absolutely crucial to get more people using public transport, as well as walking and cycling, if we are to tackle this climate emergency – and millions of Londoners depend on the Underground network to get about their daily lives in our city.

"Targeting public transport in this way would only damage the cause of all of us who want to tackle climate change, as well as risking Londoners' safety and I'd implore anyone considering doing so to think again."

Earlier on Tuesday evening police said 209 people had been arrested in connection with the demonstrations.

Five people were arrested on suspicion of criminal damage following disruption outside commercial premises in Lambeth on Monday and have since been released under investigation.

The other 204 people were were arrested on Waterloo Bridge on Monday night and throughout Tuesday for Public Order Act offences, obstructing a highway and one for obstructing police.

The Met said it had imposed a 24-hour condition on Waterloo Bridge on Monday evening telling protesters to continue any demonstrations in the Marble Arch area.

The same condition was then imposed in the Oxford Circus area on Tuesday and the Met said that a "number of arrests" had been made in the area that evening, but did not give details of how many or on what grounds.

It added: "We are taking positive action against those who are choosing to ignore this condition and are continuing to demonstrate in other areas across London.

"Officers are out on the ground engaging with protesters and local communities to ensure proportionate policing plans are in place.

"There is a need to ensure the right balance is struck between allowing the right to peaceful protest, while disruption to communities is kept to a minimum."

The Met warned that demonstrations are expected to continue "throughout the coming weeks".

Dozens of protesters were dragged away from Waterloo Bridge by police at around 1pm on Tuesday.

As a large group of officers arrived to remove the campaigners, they were met with chants of "We are peaceful, what about you?".

There were loud cheers, the ringing of bells and the blowing of whistles as people were quickly arrested and taken to police vans.

Many protesters remained on the bridge, chanting for climate justice and refusing to move.

Extinction Rebellion said it aimed to cause more than £6,000 of damage so activists could be tried by a jury in Crown Court and described those arrested as "brave rebels".

Four activists chained and glued themselves underneath a lorry parked on Waterloo Bridge, where they slept on Monday night.

Demonstrators on Waterloo Bridge
Demonstrators on Waterloo Bridge (Jonathan Brady/PA)

The campaigners had blankets and sleeping bags, and declared they will stay there as long as possible.

Ben Moss, 42, from Islington, north London, glued himself to the bars of the lorry.

He said: "We're in an extreme situation, we have to take action. This is my personal action to the moral issue of the climate crisis and ecological collapse.

Demonstrators chain and glue themselves to a lorry on Waterloo Bridge
Demonstrators chain and glue themselves to a lorry on Waterloo Bridge (Ted Hennessey/PA)

"I'm doing this because I want the Government to do something.

"I've got a week off work – if more is necessary I can make my excuses. I'm a director of a company, I work at a co-operative, but not everyone can come and do this."

Central London / "Extinction Rebellion" – Buses in central London remain on diversion or stop short of their final destination due to on-going protests. London Underground are accepting bus passes in Zone 1. Check your route here: https://t.co/bFtXCdwYgB

— TfL Bus Alerts (@TfLBusAlerts) April 16, 2019

A Transport for London spokesman said: "We are aware that there are plans for demonstrations on the Underground tomorrow which may cause disruption to travel.

"The safety of our customers and staff is our number one priority and we're already working closely with the police to manage the impact on London's transport network.

"We would encourage people to check their journeys before they travel."

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