OVER 600 people have been arrested during five days of climate change protests in central London, police have said.
Six hundred arrests at least so far in London: Campaign group Extinction Rebellion (XR) fired up its efforts to highlight the dangers of climate change this month. After they were largely stumped recently by the UK coronavirus pandemic.
In a series of daily protests, campaigners have marched on Parliament Square. Blocked roads, staged sit-ins and glued themselves to the ground and fences.
It led the UK Police to impose conditions on where demonstrations could take place. While protesters were also warned they risked a large fine if they failed to comply with coronavirus rules banning gatherings of more than 30 people.
London police have also said yesterday that 20 people had been reported for consideration of a £10,000 Fixed Penalty Notice. For holding regulation-breaching gatherings representing a range of different causes.
Police said the reports related to demonstrations called “Resist the Government”, “Move One Million”, “The Ivory Coast Protest”, “Citizens’ Assembly Extinction Rebellion” and “The Lightship Greta procession”.
One penalty report relates to an anti-Government demonstration which took place in Trafalgar Square on August 30. According to the Met police force.
Commander Kyle Gordon, Gold Commander for the weekend’s policing operation, said protests had caused “serious disruption to local communities” in the past week.
He added: “Throughout this period we have become increasingly concerned the organisers of these events have not always taken all reasonable measures to limit the risk of transmission of coronavirus. Thereby posing a risk, not only to those involved but the wider public and communities of London.
“We remain in the middle of a pandemic. And we all need to play our part in keeping each other and our communities safe.”
He said officers sought to enforce coronavirus legislation “as a last resort”. And had proactively told event organisers of their “public health risk”.
The police commander added. “I would appeal to anyone planning on organising a gathering to consider your responsibilities under the regulations. And to do all you can to help keep our communities safe.”
Yesterday afternoon, an XR “Citizens Assemble!” gathering was rounded up and cleared by police in Trafalgar Square.
During the protest outside the National Gallery, activists sat on the ground and listened to speeches while surrounded by a large police mob.
Officers asked the group to move on, with most leaving the area by around 2.30 pm.
Those that refused to leave the area were carried or led away by police, including one man in handcuffs.
Arrests are expected to be over 1500 by the end of September as the protests continue.
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