Published: Wed, October 09, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Police arrest climate action protesters blocking Bloor Viaduct

Police arrest climate action protesters blocking Bloor Viaduct

The Extinction Rebellion protest was part of a global wave of calls for action on climate change, and in Wellington included blocking entrances to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, and entering a branch of the ANZ bank.

Julie Hotchkiss, a senior NHS worker from Appley Bridge, was taken into custody by police in Westminster on Tuesday morning.

He also warned young people who planned to be arrested that doing so could compromise their future. Protesters lay around the bull with red paint on their bodies while one member waved a green flag from atop the statue.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk condemned this week's Extinction Rebellion protests saying activists were putting themselves and others at risk, and soaking up valuable police and emergency services resources.

Ms Platt went on to accuse the Government of having "deaf ears" over the issue.

More than 20 activists have already been detained in London, with organisers vowing to shut down key sites in the city including the Houses of Parliament and Trafalgar Square.

Hundreds of protesters blocked bridges and roads around the British capital Monday morning, with more disruptive actions in the works, including at London's City Airport and in the "new media" space, the group said.

"We have tried petitions, lobbying and marches", Jane Morton, an Australian activist, told the AFP news agency.

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Protests are taking place today in other Canadian cities, including Halifax, Edmonton, Vancouver, and Victoria.

A child and a climate change activist attend the Extinction Rebellion protests on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil October 7, 2019. "We only get one planet and so we're here to try and defend it".

In Berlin, 300 people blocked Potsdamer Platz, placing couches, tables, chairs and flowerpots on the road.

More than 100 protesters dressed as bees at Sydney's Hyde Park to highlight their claim that insects are under threat due to the impact of humans on the environment. They earlier set up a tent camp outside German Chancellor Angela Merkel's office out of dissatisfaction with her government's climate policy.

Protesters from Extinction Rebellion block a bridge Monday in Paris.

Protestors covered in fake blood are arrested by the NYPD around the Wall Street Bull during an Extinction Rebellion demonstration in NY on October 7,2019.

With events like extreme weather, thawing permafrost and a sea-level rise unfolding much faster than expected, scientists say the urgency of the climate crisis has intensified since the signing in 2015 of the Paris accord on curbing global warming.

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