100 Extinction Rebellion protestors stage 'die-in' at London museum

More than 100 people lay down in a "die-in" at the Natural History Museum in London today, disrupting public visits in protest at politician's failure to confront climate change.

The Extinction Rebellion stunt saw protestors lie on the ground in the main hall under the giant blue whale skeleton at the popular museum on a busy day over the bank holiday weekend.

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Hundreds of Extinction Rebellion protestors staged a die in at the Natural History Museum to represent the death of species on our planet. The protest was peaceful with police standing by. It lasted only 20 minutes and was witnessed by hundreds of visitors to the museum.
Hundreds of Extinction Rebellion protestors staged a die in at the Natural History Museum to represent the death of species on our planet. The protest was peaceful with police standing by. It lasted only 20 minutes and was witnessed by hundreds of visitors to the museum.
Extinction Rebellion protestors staged a die in at the Natural History Museum to represent the death of species on our planet and then protestors dressed in red walked around the museum with opera music playing.
Extinction Rebellion protestors staged a die in at the Natural History Museum to represent the death of species on our planet and then protestors dressed in red walked around the museum with opera music playing.
Extinction Rebellion protestors staged a die in at the Natural History Museum to represent the death of species on our planet and then protestors dressed in red walked around the museum with opera music playing.
Extinction Rebellion protestors staged a die in at the Natural History Museum to represent the death of species on our planet and then protestors dressed in red walked around the museum with opera music playing.
Extinction Rebellion protestors staged a die in at the Natural History Museum to represent the death of species on our planet and then protestors dressed in red walked around the museum with opera music playing.
Hundreds of Extinction Rebellion protestors staged a die in at the Natural History Museum to represent the death of species on our planet. The protest was peaceful with police standing by. It lasted only 20 minutes and was witnessed by hundreds of visitors to the museum.
Hundreds of Extinction Rebellion protestors staged a die in at the Natural History Museum to represent the death of species on our planet. The protest was peaceful with police standing by. It lasted only 20 minutes and was witnessed by hundreds of visitors to the museum.
Hundreds of Extinction Rebellion protestors staged a die in at the Natural History Museum to represent the death of species on our planet. The protest was peaceful with police standing by. It lasted only 20 minutes and was witnessed by hundreds of visitors to the museum.
Extinction Rebellion protestors lying down inside the Natural History Museum in London.
Hundreds of Extinction Rebellion protestors staged a die in at the Natural History Museum to represent the death of species on our planet. The protest was peaceful with police standing by. It lasted only 20 minutes and was witnessed by hundreds of visitors to the museum.
Extinction Rebellion protestors lying down inside the Natural History Museum in London.
Extinction Rebellion protestors lying down inside the Natural History Museum in London.
Extinction Rebellion protestors lying down inside the Natural History Museum in London.
TOPSHOT - Extinction Rebellion climate change activists lie on the floor as they perform a mass 'die in' in the main hall of the Natural History Museum in London on April 22, 2019, on the eighth day of the environmental group's protest calling for political change to combat climate change. - Climate change protesters who have brought parts of London to a standstill said Sunday they were prepared to call a halt if the British government will discuss their demands. Some 963 arrests have been made and 42 people charged in connection with the ongoing Extinction Rebellion protests. (Photo by Tolga Akmen / AFP) (Photo credit should read TOLGA AKMEN/AFP/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - Extinction Rebellion climate change activists perform a mass 'die in' under the blue whale in the foyer of the Natural History Museum in London on April 22, 2019, on the eighth day of the environmental group's protest calling for political change to combat climate change. - Climate change protesters who have brought parts of London to a standstill said Sunday they were prepared to call a halt if the British government will discuss their demands. Some 963 arrests have been made and 42 people charged in connection with the ongoing Extinction Rebellion protests. (Photo by Tolga Akmen / AFP) (Photo credit should read TOLGA AKMEN/AFP/Getty Images)
Extinction Rebellion climate change activists perform a mass 'die in' under the blue whale in the foyer of the Natural History Museum in London on April 22, 2019, on the eighth day of the environmental group's protest calling for political change to combat climate change. - Climate change protesters who have brought parts of London to a standstill said Sunday they were prepared to call a halt if the British government will discuss their demands. Some 963 arrests have been made and 42 people charged in connection with the ongoing Extinction Rebellion protests. (Photo by Tolga AKMEN / AFP) (Photo credit should read TOLGA AKMEN/AFP/Getty Images)
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The disruption came in spite of a pledge by a spokesman for the activists that there would be no escalation of their actions on Easter Monday.

It came as police confirmed more than 1,000 people had been arrested over the climate change protests so far, which have seen major roads blocked off by protestors in central London.

But only 53 people have been charged over the wave of civil disobedience, aimed at raising awareness of the damage caused by climate change and forcing faster action from government to reduce emissions.

Waterloo Bridge was cleared overnight and Oxford Circus and Parliament Square have both been re-opened over the weekend.

The Metropolitan Police, which has been criticised for failing to do more to end the disruption for London commuters, has now sanctioned a protest space at Marble Arch, and is encouraging protestors to move there.

The group now face difficult choices about how far to continue to stage disruptive protests, and whether they should seek to negotiate with the London mayor or government to pressure them to adopt greener policies.

- This article first appeared on Yahoo

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