I sincerely hope these hippies get ganked.Radical environmental protesters are preparing for arrests today as they attempt bring central London to a standstill by mounting 24-hour protests in the middle of key roads.
The Extinction Rebellion (XR) group are targeting Marble Arch, Oxford Circus, Waterloo Bridge, and Parliament Square with plans to block the routes “for as long as it takes,” making it inevitable that they will be arrested for obstruction.
Members of the group, which disrupted the Commons with a nude protest on April 1, will also be gluing or locking themselves to street furniture to delay police by forcing them to use chemicals to free them.
Waterloo Bridge was blocked in both directions shortly after 10am today as dozens of protesters gathered on the river crossing. The Extinction Rebellion Twitter account tweeted: "We have taken Waterloo bridge!"
XR, whose prime goal is to reduce carbon emissions to zero by 2025, claims between 3,000 and 6,000 supporters could take part in the protests. Last November, they blocked bridges across London to bring chaos to the capital.
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Sophie Cowen, an Oxford French graduate who joined the group in November and now acts as media co-ordinator, pledged non-violent civil disobedience: “It’s 100 per cent about obstructing traffic and making sure we bring it to a standstill. People are willing to be arrested.”
The Metropolitan Police said officers would be used from across the service to provide a “proportionate” response to the protests, which balanced the right to a peaceful protest while ensuring disruption to communities was kept to a minimum.
A spokesman urged travellers to allow extra journey time as road closures and disruptions to the travel network were expected.
It comes as part of attempts to force the Government to declare a climate emergency. Earlier this month, several activists stripped semi-naked in the House of Commons during a Brexit debate.
Activists stripped off in Parliament earlier this month in a previous protest CREDIT: JAMES HEAPPEY/PA
The movement has received support from actress and activist Dame Emma Thompson and former archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams.
Speaking at a meditation on the eve of the protests Dr Williams said humans had declared war on nature.
He said: "We are here tonight to declare that we do not wish to be at war. We wish to make peace with ourselves by making peace with our neighbour Earth and with our God."
Thompson has previously said of the demonstrations: "It is time to stand up and save our home."
Organisers said: "The International Rebellion begins and Extinction Rebellion will be bringing London to a standstill for up to two weeks.
"They will be blocking five of the city's busiest and most iconic locations in a non-violent, peaceful act of rebellion where they invite people to join them for several days of creative, artist-led resistance."
Demonstrators arrived at London's Hyde Park on Sunday, some having journeyed to the city on foot in recent weeks from various parts of the UK for what is described as an "International Rebellion".