Authorities clamp down on climate change protesters in London

The group is demanding the government declare a climate and ecological emergency, reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2025 and create a citizen's assembly of members of the public to lead on decisions to address climate change. Photograph:( Reuters )

Reuters London, ON, Canada Apr 17, 2019, 09.18 PM (IST)

Authorities in London removed two climate change activists sitting on the roof of a train and another glued to the window to pressure politicians to take more radical measures to protect the environment.

Police officers used harnesses and ropes to bring down the man and woman sat on top of the Docklands Light Railway train at Canary Wharf station.

Mark Ovland, another protester from Bristol used superglue to attach himself to the window of the same train and was also physically removed by authorities.

The group has been demanding the government declare a climate and ecological emergency, reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2025 and create a citizen's assembly of members of the public to lead on decisions to address climate change.

Several young and old, were arrested and dragged down Oxford Circus on Wednesday as their protest blockade continued for the third day today.

The Extinction Rebellion group has ratcheted up its protests in recent weeks, blocking Marble Arch, Oxford Circus and Waterloo Bridge, smashing a door at the Shell building and shocking lawmakers with a semi-nude protest in parliament.

Nearly 300 people have been arrested so far this week after campaigners blocked some of the capital's most iconic locations, many camping in tents on the streets.

The group advocates non-violent civil disobedience to force governments to reduce carbon emissions and avert what it says is a global climate crisis that will bring starvation, floods, wildfires and social collapse.

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Several young and old, were arrested and dragged down Oxford Circus on Wednesday as their protest blockade continued for the third day today.