BERLIN : London Police say some 135 climate activists have been arrested as the Extinction Rebellion group attempts to draw attention to global warming.
Demonstrators playing steel drums marched through central London on Monday as they kicked off two weeks of activities designed to disrupt the city.
The arrests come as protesters in cities across Europe blocked roads ahead of what is being described as widespread demonstrations.
Extinction Rebellion says protesters were arrested as they blocked Victoria Embankment outside the Ministry of Defense.
Among those arrested was 81-year-old Sarah Lasenby, a retired social worker from Oxford. She says “it is imperative the government should take serious actions and put pressure on other states and global powers to radically reduce the use of fossil fuels.”
Climate activists have blocked roads and staged a sit-in in Madrid as they joined a global wave of actions by the Extinction Rebellion movement to draw attention on failed environmental policies.
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.
The National Police in Madrid says 33 activists have been taken to their premises and three have been arrested for resisting orders by anti-riot officers.
A few hundred other protesters have camped out in 40 tents at the gates of the Spanish Ministry of Ecological Transition in Madrid.
Extinction Rebellion wants to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2025. London Police say they’ve arrested 21 climate change activists over the past few days as the Extinction Rebellion group attempts to draw attention to global warming.
The capital’s Metropolitan Police say the arrests on suspicion of conspiracy to cause a public nuisance took place Saturday and Sunday.
The arrests come as protesters in Berlin and Amsterdam blocked roads ahead of what is being described as widespread demonstrations. Further protests are taking place Monday in London.
The group’s protesters have succeeded before in disrupting life in London in hopes of gaining attention to their cause.