Climate protesters will surrender the encampments which have blocked the streets of London for 10 days, it has emerged.
The Extinction Rebellion group began occupying several of the capital’s busiest roads last Monday, bringing traffic to a halt and triggering a major police response.
More than 1,000 people were arrested after refusing to leave blockades on Waterloo Bridge, Oxford Circus, Parliament Square and Marble Arch.
Now, organisers have said they will “voluntarily end” their grip on the two remaining strongholds of Marble Arch and Parliament Square at 5pm on Thursday.
A “closing ceremony” will be held at Speaker’s Corner in Hyde Park to mark the occasion.
The activists said in a statement: “We will leave the physical locations but a space for truth-telling has been opened up in the world.
“We would like to thank Londoners for opening their hearts and demonstrating their willingness to act on that truth.
“We know we have disrupted your lives. We do not do this lightly. We only do this because this is an emergency.”
The London protests were part of a wider network of disruption across the globe, spanning 80 cities in 33 countries.
However, the lifting of the blockades are unlikely to be the end of Extinction Rebellion’s work.