Thousands of protesters blocked off five major bridges in London as part of a “rebellion day” in central London to demand the government takes greater action on climate change.
Thousands of people holding banners began congregating on the five bridges from 10:00am before blocking traffic. By 11.30am organizers said all five target bridges in central London had been occupied. Demonstrators occupied Southwark, Blackfriars, Waterloo, Westminster and Lambeth bridges after a week of action.
This is the latest part of a campaign of mass civil disobedience organized by Extinction Rebellion, which wants to force governments to treat the threats of climate breakdown and extinction as a crisis. More than 20 people were arrested in the latest action and in 60 more people have been arrested in the past two weeks for taking part in acts of civil disobedience demonstrators have glued themselves to government buildings and blocked major roads in London.
The group is calling on the government to reduce carbon emissions to zero by 2025 and establish a “citizens assembly” to create an emergency plan of action. Organizers say they hope the campaign would signal to those in power that the current course will lead to disaster.
The group has been holding meetings across the country outlining the scale of the climate crisis and urging people to get involved in direct action.