Guardian newspaper columnist George Monbiot arrested at protest

The Guardian newspaper Columnist George Monbiot was arrested on Wednesday (October 16) for defying a police ban on Extinction Rebellion protests.

Extinction Rebellion protesters were seen cheering as the climate activist was taken away in a police van.

"They are going to arrest us, they are not going to arrest a rebellion," Monbiot said as he was being arrested.

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A Climate activist from Extinction rebellion stage tapes her mouth during a protest vigil in Trafalgar Square to oppose section 14 of the public order act 1986 imposed by the Police which bans protests. (Photo by Amer Ghazzal / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
A huge group of climate activists from Extinction rebellion stage a protest vigil in Trafalgar Square to demonstrate against section 14 of the public order act 1986 imposed by the Police which bans protests. (Photo by Amer Ghazzal / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
Jarvis Cocker during the Q Awards 2019 in association with Absolute Radio at the Camden Roundhouse, London.
Journalist George Monbiot with police after being removed from Trafalgar Square during an Extinction Rebellion (XR) climate change protest in London.
An Extinction Rebellion protester is removed from a fence pillar at the Houses of Parliament in London.
Extinction Rebellion protesters travel up the River Thames in a boat in central London.
Police work to free a protester from the hole in a caravan as Extinction Rebellion (XR) protests continue outside Millbank Tower in London.
Police work to free a protester from the hole in a caravan as Extinction Rebellion (XR) protests continue outside Millbank Tower in London.
Police speak to Extinction Rebellion protesters who have locked themselves to a caravan outside MI5 Headquarters on Millbank in London.
Police use a magnetic drill to try and free the arms of two Extinction Rebellion protesters locked in a metal tube underneath Millbank Tower in London.
Police speak to Extinction Rebellion protesters who have locked themselves to a caravan outside MI5 Headquarters on Millbank in London.
Police officers guard the Department for Transport in Westminster, as Extinction Rebellion protest action is continuing in London despite police ordering activists to end their gatherings across the capital or risk arrest.
Extinction Rebellion protesters outside MI5 Headquarters on Millbank in London.
Posters stuck to the exterior of the Department for Transport in Westminster, as Extinction Rebellion protest action is continuing in London despite police ordering activists to end their gatherings across the capital or risk arrest.
Activists of the Extinction Rebellion movement block the Bank junction outside the Bank of England during the demonstration. Today marked the start of the second consecutive week of protest actions by XR members gathered in London, more than 1,400 of whom have been arrested in the city for their avowedly non-violent disruptiveness since last Monday. Arrests are viewed as a key tactic by the group, designed to maximise publicity and disruption and so intensify pressure on political leaders to take further and faster action on climate change and biodiversity loss. Extinction Rebellion's blockade of Bank junction began early this morning, with the group declaring that it was today seeking to disrupt the work of the financial system 'bankrolling the environmental crisis'. (Photo by David Cliff / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
Activists of the Extinction Rebellion movement hold banners as they block the Bank junction outside the Bank of England during the demonstration. Today marked the start of the second consecutive week of protest actions by XR members gathered in London, more than 1,400 of whom have been arrested in the city for their avowedly non-violent disruptiveness since last Monday. Arrests are viewed as a key tactic by the group, designed to maximise publicity and disruption and so intensify pressure on political leaders to take further and faster action on climate change and biodiversity loss. Extinction Rebellion's blockade of Bank junction began early this morning, with the group declaring that it was today seeking to disrupt the work of the financial system 'bankrolling the environmental crisis'. (Photo by David Cliff / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
A member of the environmentalist performs art troupe the Red Rebel Brigade during the demonstration. Today marked the start of the second consecutive week of protest actions by XR members gathered in London, more than 1,400 of whom have been arrested in the city for their avowedly non-violent disruptiveness since last Monday. Arrests are viewed as a key tactic by the group, designed to maximise publicity and disruption and so intensify pressure on political leaders to take further and faster action on climate change and biodiversity loss. Extinction Rebellion's blockade of Bank junction began early this morning, with the group declaring that it was today seeking to disrupt the work of the financial system 'bankrolling the environmental crisis'. (Photo by David Cliff / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
Activists of the Extinction Rebellion movement sit while holding placards at the Bank of England during the demonstration, Today marked the start of the second consecutive week of protest actions by XR members gathered in London, more than 1,400 of whom have been arrested in the city for their avowedly non-violent disruptiveness since last Monday. Arrests are viewed as a key tactic by the group, designed to maximise publicity and disruption and so intensify pressure on political leaders to take further and faster action on climate change and biodiversity loss. Extinction Rebellion's blockade of Bank junction began early this morning, with the group declaring that it was today seeking to disrupt the work of the financial system 'bankrolling the environmental crisis'. (Photo by David Cliff / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
Protesters gather their belongings as police work to remove the last of the Extinction Rebellion demonstration in Trafalgar Square, central London.
A young protester standing on a lamp post, in front of The Royal Exchange, London, during an Extinction Rebellion (XR) climate change protest.
Police remove an Extinction Rebellion protester from Trafalgar Square in central London.
A protester is carried away as others continue to block the road outside Mansion House in the City of London, during an XR climate change protest.
A protester is carried away as others continue to block the road outside Mansion House in the City of London, during an XR climate change protest.
Rabbi Jeffrey Newman is arrested as protesters continue to block the road outside Mansion House in the City of London, during an XR climate change protest.
Police attempt to push back protesters as they continue to block the road outside Mansion House in the City of London, during an XR climate change protest.
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - 2019/10/16: A banner hangs on a sailing boat with climate activists from Extinction Rebellion on the River Thames. (Photo by Amer Ghazzal/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
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