Dean James at Right Wing Tribune
Police in London have arrested more than 960 protesters across the city in the past week in the lead up to Earth Day on April 22, according to the Metropolitan Police UK.
The protesters have gathered at some of the city’s most famous landmarks, such as the Marble Arch and Waterloo Bridge, disrupting traffic and businesses, Daily Caller News Foundation reports.
Most of the disruption to the city has come from protesters gathering outside their designated protest zone at the Marble Arch. Activists converged upon the Oxford Circus shopping district where police have worked to tear down blockages and signs set up by the activists.
“The demonstration has had an impact on the police and Londoners in general. Lots of people have had miserable disruption to their lives,” Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick told Sky News.
As of 10:00hrs on Sunday, 21 April, 831 arrests have been made since Monday 15 April in connection with ongoing Extinction Rebellion protests. 42 people have been charged. https://t.co/RsWzhaEveS pic.twitter.com/QGAD9MnIow
— Metropolitan Police (@metpoliceuk) April 21, 2019
Many of these for breach of Section 14 Public Order Act
This will continue if protestors do not go to Marble Arch to continue their protest legally. pic.twitter.com/g5bsoglvI5
— MPS Events (@MetPoliceEvents) April 21, 2019
“I have never — I’ve been a police officer for 36 years — I have never known an operation, a single operation, in which over 700 people have been arrested,” Dick said.
The protests, led by a group called the “Extinction Rebellion,” have forced Metro police officers to work 12-hour shifts. Many officers have had to cancel leave over Easter to monitor the hundreds of activists that keep marching into other parts of the city to cause chaos.
Pepper spray was used by anti-riot police in an attempt to disperse the demonstrators.
Protesters marched to Heathrow Airport threatening to disrupt Easter flights. The activists took up positions outside several terminals, but all flights stayed on schedule and no roads were blocked, BBC News reported.
Some protesters were arrested after they stripped naked and glued themselves to subway cars, causing backups in the city’s transportation system.
The protesters end goal is for the British government to declare a “climate emergency” and commit to banning all fossil fuel emissions by 2025.