Published: Tue, October 08, 2019
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Extinction Rebellion protests continue for a second day across Australia

Extinction Rebellion protests continue for a second day across Australia

Demonstrations were taking place in more than 60 cities around the world today, including Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Adelaide, Brisbane, Cairns, Perth and Hobart.

At least one protester, seen waving a green flag, climbed on top of the famous bull statue.

The protest organized by the United Kingdom -based group Extinction Rebellion coincided with similar events across Canada, including in Victoria, and in other countries.

Other protesters lay on streets, did yoga or dressed in "red brigade" outfits reminiscent of Margaret Attwood's Handmaids from her dystopian novel, The Handmaid's Tale.

Monday's action by the group also known as XR comes as part of a series of protests in cities around Europe to demand urgent action against climate change.

In his remarks at the event, Johnson listed issues on which he claimed Thatcher was right, including her approach to "bring about ... the end of apartheid".

"We have no choice but to rebel until our government declares a climate and ecological emergency and takes the action that is required to save us".

Halifax police Const. John MacLeod says less than 100 protesters had gathered at the Angus L. Macdonald Bridge linking the city with nearby Dartmouth, prompting officers to close the area to all traffic.

Meanwhile, demonstrators stopped traffic in European cities including Berlin, London, Paris and Amsterdam.

Extinction Rebellion has not given details on how late the protest will go, only saying they are expecting it to last "all day".

Demonstrators playing steel drums marched through central London to kick off two weeks of activities created to disrupt the city.

Sarah Lasenby, 81, a retired social worker from Oxford, was also arrested. There have literally been hundreds of people flooding into downtown trying to urge the government to take action on climate change.

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Activists starting blocking traffic at both Broadview Avenue on the east side and Castle Frank Road on the west side at around 8 a.m.

A few dozen activists briefly chained themselves to each other and to an elevated road over a major artery in the Spanish capital at rush hour on Monday morning.

A few hundred other protesters camped out in 40 tents at the gates of Spain's Ministry of Ecological Transition.

Protesters shut down traffic on major bridges across Canada on Monday as they joined in an worldwide day of action meant to galvanize governments into taking more urgent action on climate change.

Of the activists that have pledged their support before the action began, 4,442 have said they are prepared to be arrested - considerably higher than the 1,100 who were arrested in April's rebellion.

Protesters have been carried away by police officers on Horse Guards Road.

On Monday, the first day of the week-long protests, 38 people were arrested in Sydney and 10 in Melbourne.

They ended up at Flinders Street Station's intersection when police and emergency services swooped in.

The demonstrators - who are demanding action on climate change - should abandon their "hemp-smelling bivouacs" and stop blocking roads, the PM added.

Protester Elle van Zeeland told Dutch broadcaster NOS that the group is "staying here until the government meets its obligations".

This demonstration arrives just over a week after an Extinction Rebellion activist was arrested for suspending themselves from a makeshift tripod on Brisbane's Victoria Bridge.

At lunchtime on Monday, another 300 people blocked Berlin's central Potsdamer Platz, placing couches, tables, chairs and flowerpots on the road.

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