Climate backlash: Majority of Brits oppose Extinction Rebellion protests in London

The results of a new poll show most UK citizens oppose the ongoing climate change protests bringing parts of London to a standstill.

Extinction Rebellion's demonstration entered its fourth day on Thursday, with road and bridge blocking and halting public transport some of the tactics used to bring attention to the group's demands.

Extinction Rebellion (XR) says direct action is needed to force governments to act urgently on climate change - and halt a 'sixth mass extinction'.

However, a YouGov poll shows that despite the group's calls for humanity, the majority of Brits oppose the disruption caused by the climate change group and its tactics.

The survey asked: 'Climate change protesters have been disrupting roads and public transport, aiming to 'shut down London' in order to bring attention the their cause. Do you support or oppose these actions?'

And the latest figures showed only 13 percent of those surveyed strongly supported the group's cause, while 23 percent said they 'somewhat' support XR's campaign.

Meanwhile, 30 percent of people surveyed strongly oppose the demonstrations in the capital, with 29 percent of citizens in that figure based in London.

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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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22 percent said they 'somewhat' opposed Extinction Rebellion's tactics. 12 percent of those recorded said they 'didn't know' how they felt towards the demonstrations.

The XR group is calling for an ecological emergency to be declared, greenhouse gases to be brought to net zero by 2025, and the creation of a citizens' assembly to lead action on the environment.

XR says the systems propping up "modern consumer-focused lifestyles" will lead to mass water shortages, crop failures, sea level rises and the displacement of millions

A statement read: 'Only a peaceful planet-wide mobilisation of the scale of the Second World War will give us a chance to avoid the worst-case scenarios.'

On Thursday, the group's London-based climate change protests entered their fourth consecutive day.

A chaotic week has seen Waterloo Bridge closed to traffic by an ongoing blockade, as well as protesters gluing themselves to trains in Canary Wharf and mass demonstrations shutting off large parts of central London.

Critics of their latest tactics have emerged from across the political spectrum including Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, who asked whether the protestors have questioned if disrupting public transport is consistent with their aims.

Police officers removed Extinction Rebellion demonstrators from Waterloo Bridges on Wednesday (PA)

LBC radio host Nick Ferrari interviewed one of Extinction Rebellion's organisers, asking: "I thought we were meant to travel on public transport...what are [we] meant to do? Try and make a bicycle out of hemp or something?"

The group has since warned 'thousands more rebels' could join the campaign on Easter Bank Holiday weekend if its demands 'are not met'.

Speaking of the widespread disruption caused, XR co-founder Dr Gail Bradbrook said: 'It's certainly an option that tactics will be escalated if our demands are not met.'

- This article first appeared on Yahoo

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