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Thousands join Extinction Rebellion protests across London | Environment

Thousands of people are taking to the streets of London on Monday, planning, blocking traffic and causing widespread disruption to demand action over the escalating ecological crisis.Hundreds of protesters slept in tents in Hyde Park overnight and many more from around the UK joined them at five makeshift camps across the capital for the demonstration, which is expected to last for at least a week.At 11am on Monday, protesters set up camps and roadblocks at Marble Arch, Oxford Circus, Waterloo Bridge, Parliament Square and Piccadilly Circus. The roadblocks are planned to continue round the clock at each site for at least a week, and potentially longer, in a protest reminiscent of the Occupy London camp outside St Paul’s Cathedral in 2011-12. Read more The protest is part of a global campaign organised by the British climate group Extinction Rebellion, which will encompass demonstrations in 80 cities, across 33 countries, in the coming days.The campaign cites the civil rights and suffragette movements as inspiration and is backed by senior scientists and academics, including the former archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams.Organisers in London said they were expecting thousands of people to take part in peaceful acts of civil disobedience. “We don’t want to disrupt people, but our government’s failure over the last 30 years leaves us no choice,” a spokesperson said.“Governments prioritise the short-term interests of the economic elites, so to get their attention we have to disrupt the economy.”Q&AWho are Extinction Rebellion? Show HideExtinction Rebellion are an international protest group that uses non-violent civil disobedience to campaign on environmental issues. Demonstration have included blocking bridges...

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