Published: Wed, April 17, 2019
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

Climate-change protesters disrupt London docklands train service

Climate-change protesters disrupt London docklands train service

"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".

Police have arrested more than 300 people since Monday during protests by the group Extinction Rebellion.

Today, activists have halted trains at Canary Wharf-a financial hub of the city-with two protesters climbing a train vehicle and another supergluing his hand to a train window.

"Unfortunately it's going to take this kind of minor disruptance to get the government to act on the climate emergency", one protester on top of the carriage said.

Thousands of the anti-climate change campaigners have formed blockades across Waterloo Bridge, Oxford Circus, Marble Arch and Parliament Square so far this week.

One Twitter user made fun of Boulton's "incompetent" slur, remarking that the environmental activists were "so incompetent they landed a segment on national TV and Sky's flagship programme".

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Transport officials said services were delayed.

"That's why I say to organizers: please work with the police, please work with the TFL [Transport for London authority] to minimize disruption cause to those trying to get about their business in our city".

"Participants will peacefully break the law in order to stop the Tube and then will wait to be arrested", Extinction Rebellion said in a statement.

The protests have cost over 12 million pounds ($16-million) to businesses in London's West End, famous for its theatres and shops, with some seeing a 25 per cent drop in sales and footfall.

The group is demanding the government declare a climate and ecological emergency, reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2025 and create a citizen's assembly of members of the public to lead on decisions to address climate change.

Police said they expected the demonstrations to continue in the next few weeks and promised to take action if necessary.

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