Published: Tue, October 15, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Extinction Rebellion protests continue in London despite ban

Extinction Rebellion protests continue in London despite ban

Before his arrest, Rabbi Newman, 77, knelt down in the middle of the road outside Mansion House in the City of London where he was gathered with dozens of Jewish protesters campaigning for governmental action against climate change.

Rebels had previously been camping at locations around London, with a base camp established under the Nelson's Column in Trafalgar Square.

Announcing that it would leave the Trafalgar Square site, Extinction Rebellion, which is calling for net-zero emissions by the year 2025, urged the government to act.

"This is an emergency, and an outrage. The police must respect the rights of those peacefully protesting and ensure that the voices of those demanding action on tackling the climate crisis are allowed to be heard". "This is a democracy".

"Any assembly linked to the Extinction Rebellion "Autumn Uprising" must now cease their protest (s) within London", said the new wording of the order.

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He added: "We have made significant progress in managing Extinction Rebellion's activity at sites across central London over this past week".

Another witness to the apparent arrest said on Twitter: "My fave thing [about] working on Oxford Street and whatever was happening today is getting to see a guy dressed as broccoli being arrested".

A government spokeswoman said protests "should not disrupt people's day-to-day lives".

The rabbi refused a police request to accompany them and insisted they carry him away. A further 1,463 volunteers have been arrested in another 20 cities, including Brussels, Amsterdam, New York, Sydney and Toronto, according to the group's tally.

Commentators questioned why police detained the man, who was filmed protesting on the pavement in the busy shopping district, while holding a sign reading: "I'm locally sourced and environmentally friendly.' One joked it was for 'breach of the peas".

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