Extinction Rebellion eco-warriors may glue themselves to London trains in bid to stop the Tube from running in climate protest today

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ECO-WARRIORS have threatened to glue themselves to trains today as climate change protests continue into their third day.

Extinction Rebellion activists are continuing to ramp up their demonstrations after laying siege to London landmarks including Waterloo Bridge and Oxford Circus this week.

Extinction Rebellion activists remain at Oxford Circus this morning in the third day of their protests
Extinction Rebellion activists remain at Oxford Circus this morning in the third day of their protests
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And despite police conducting 290 arrests over two days, protesters have remained camped across the capital to cause maximum disruption.

More than half a million people have been affected and 55 bus routes due to the demonstrations across Parliament, Marble Arch, Waterloo Bridge and Oxford Circus – with protesters today threatening to target the public transport system.

Campaigners said in a statement: “Participants will peacefully break the law in order to stop the Tube and then will wait to be arrested.

“We sincerely apologise to all those who may suffer as a consequence of this disruption. In any other circumstances we would never dream of disrupting the Tube but this is an emergency.

“We request that workers do not intervene in the protests to ensure that they go as smoothly and safely as possible for all involved.”

No details of the form of protests were disclosed, amid suggestions that some activists will attempt to disrupt sections of the Tube network by gluing themselves to trains.

Cops shut down the public’s access to wifi on the London Underground system in an attempt to disrupt the protests.

It has been reported that police have allegedly stopped arresting protesters after running out of cells.

It comes after activists caused days of chaos across the capital, sticking themselves to Shell HQ to lorries on Waterloo Bridge to stop themselves being moved on from police.

PROTESTERS APOLOGISE

Protester and climate lawyer Farhana Yamin, who was arrested on Tuesday, told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “I totally want to apologise to people using public transport.

“But at the same time we need to take actions that are disruptive so everyone understands the dangers we’re facing right now.

“I’m not someone who goes out on to the streets and disrupts and gets arrested for no reason at all – but I feel people should understand that we are at a critical moment in our humanity’s history.”

Met Police today confirmed the order for protesters only to demonstrate at Marble Arch would continue for another three days.

They said: “In order to impose this condition, the Met required evidence that serious disruption was being caused to communities in London.

“Based on the information and intelligence available at the time, we are satisfied that this threshold has been met and this course of action is necessary in order to prevent ongoing serious disruption to communities.”

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TfL tweeted: “Central London / Extinction Rebellion – Bus routes which usually serve central London are, again, diverted / curtailed due to on-going protest which are blocking several roads.”

A British Transport Police spokesperson said: “In the interests of safety and to prevent and deter serious disruption to the London Underground network, British Transport Police has taken the decision to restrict passenger Wi-Fi connectivity at Tube stations.

“This follows intelligence that Extinction Rebellion protesters intend to cause disruption to Tube services during Wednesday 17 April.

“We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and we would like to assure passengers that this decision is not taken lightly and will be reviewed throughout the day.

“The Force continues to work closely with Transport for London and the Metropolitan Police Service in keeping disruption to a minimum.”


London Mayor Sadiq Khan said that while he shared the passion of the protesters about the urgent need to tackle climate change he was “extremely concerned” about plans to disrupt the London Underground.

In a statement posted on Twitter he said: “It is absolutely crucial to get more people using public transport, as well as walking and cycling, if we are to tackle this climate emergency – and millions of Londoners depend on the Underground network to get about their daily lives in our city.

“Targeting public transport in this way would only damage the cause of all of us who want to tackle climate change, as well as risking Londoners’ safety and I’d implore anyone considering doing so to think again.”

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Climate change activists block Waterloo Bridge during the Extinction Rebellion protest in London today
Climate change activists block Waterloo Bridge during the Extinction Rebellion protest in London today
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A protester is arrested by police
A protester who is reading is arrested by police overnight
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Half a million people have been disrupted by the protesters already
Half a million people have been disrupted by the protesters already
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Protesters have continued to hold their positions despite police asking them to move to Marble Arch
Protesters have continued to hold their positions despite police asking them to move to Marble Arch
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