XR London Rebellion Media Monitoring 16th of April 2022

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-61120179

BBC

Climate change protesters have blocked four of London’s busiest bridges.

Hundreds of Extinction Rebellion activists gathered on Waterloo, Blackfriars, Lambeth and Westminster bridges calling for an end to new fossil fuel investments.

The Metropolitan Police said it was aware of “pockets of protest” and officers were attempting to control the disruption.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/ap/article-10722325/Climate-activists-block-London-bridges-UK-oil-terminals.html

Climate activists block London bridges, UK oil terminals

Daily Mail

LONDON (AP) – Climate-change protesters snarled traffic by blocking four London bridges on Friday, while other activists continued weeks of demonstrations targeting oil terminals across Britain.

Cars and red double-decker buses backed up along roads as hundreds of Extinction Rebellion activists occupied London´s Waterloo, Blackfriars, Lambeth and Westminster bridges, calling for an end to new fossil fuel investments.

More than 600 people have been arrested over the past two weeks after environmental activists climbed atop oil tankers, padlocked themselves to structures and blocked roads at oil depots across the U.K. The group Just Stop Oil, which is affiliated with Extinction Rebellion, is demanding the government stop any new oil and gas projects.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/video/2022/apr/15/scientists-rally-for-xr-member-held-by-police-after-climate-protest-video

Scientists rally for XR member held by police after climate protest – video

The Guardian 

Scientists rallied outside Charing Cross police station after an Extinction Rebellion activist and scientist started a thirst and hunger strike protesting the conditions under which she was being held.

Marine biologist Emma Smart, 44, was one of nine scientists arrested at the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) on Wednesday. 

She has been kept in a cell at Charing Cross police station waiting to be brought before a court on Saturday morning and has had nothing to eat or drink since Thursday morning, her husband, Andy Smith, said.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/apr/15/just-stop-oil-protesters-arrested-staffordshire-essex

XR protesters shut down central London bridges including Westminster

The Guardian 

Several central London bridges, including Waterloo, Blackfriars and Westminster, have been shut down by protesting Extinction Rebellion activists.

The group has carried out a series of protests this week demanding an end to fossil fuels. On Friday afternoon, activists staged a series of sit-ins on the bridges, cutting off some of the main traffic arteries of the capital.

For one period Blackfriars bridge was held by a single 76-year-old woman who lay in the road and refused to move. Lucy Harding, from Reading, said she had first learned about climate change from her step-son in 1976.

“That’s a long time to know that we are in danger and it has been really frightening to see it coming closer and closer, seeing tipping point after tipping point pass,” Harding said. “It’s awful to be 76, to actually see the end of my life coming, and knowing what has been left behind.”

In a statement, XR said: “We’re calling for an immediate end to new fossil fuel investments as part of the rebellion and ongoing actions by Just Stop Oil continue.” Met police said they were on scene and working to manage the impact.

Meanwhile a scientist arrested for taking part in an Extinction Rebellion action at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is on hunger and thirst strike after being held by police for more than 40 hours.

Emma Smart, 44, a marine biologist who has previously taken action with Insulate Britain, has had nothing to eat or drink since Thursday morning, according to her husband, Andy Smith.

In a message to the Guardian from inside her cell, relayed by Smith, Smart said: “How come I’m the one being persecuted here for committing criminal damage with BEIS is still issuing new fossil fuel licences which will cause damage to the environment and future generations?”

https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/just-stop-oil-essex-oil-terminals-extinction-rebellion-arrests-b994584.html

Extinction Rebellion take over bridges bringing central London to standstill

The Evening Standard

In Essex Just Stop Oil activists, in orange hi-vis jackets, sat on top of oil tankers and blockaded roads while holding signs.

Warwickshire Police said 12 arrests had been made on Friday morning, while officers were also at the scene in Essex.

https://www.lbc.co.uk/news/climate-campaigners-blockade-four-bridges-in-central-london/

Climate campaigners blockade four bridges in central London

LBC

Climate campaigners blockade four bridges in central London

Four London bridges have been forced to close by Extinction Rebellion climate activists who formed human barriers, blocking traffic and bringing delays to the capital.

Eco protesters lined the roads outside Blackfriars, Westminster, Waterloo and Lambeth bridges causing “delays and disruption” to people in central London.

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/world/article-hundreds-of-climate-activists-block-london-bridges-uk-oil-terminals/

Hundreds of climate activists block London bridges, U.K. oil terminals

Canada: The Globe and Mail

Hundreds of climate activists block London bridges, U.K. oil terminals

Climate-change protesters snarled traffic by blocking four London bridges on Friday, while other activists continued weeks of demonstrations targeting oil terminals across Britain.

https://www.bostonglobe.com/2022/04/15/world/london-bridges-uk-oil-terminals-blocked-by-climate-activists/

London bridges and UK oil terminals blocked by climate activists

USA: Boston Globe 

https://www.gulftoday.ae/news/2022/04/15/climate-activists-block-four-of-london-busiest-bridges

Climate activists block four of London’s busiest bridges

United Arab Emirates: Gulf Today

The activists blocked Blackfriars, Waterloo, Westminster and Lambeth bridges, which cross over the River Thames, Extinction Rebellion tweeted.

“As long as our government fails to act now on the climate crisis disregarding expert advice, licensing more drilling for oil and gas, locking up scientists, we have no choice but to disrupt,” it said. “We’re on track for a catastrophic 3°C warming” above pre-industrial levels, the group warned.

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