Soggy Extinction Rebellion protesters huddle together in a rain-soaked Trafalgar Square

Soggy Extinction Rebellion protesters huddle together in a rain-soaked Trafalgar Square for a seventh day of eco-protests that have shut down swathes of central London

  • Extinction Rebellion activists entered the seventh day of their ongoing demonstration in rainy London today
  • On Saturday thousands of activists marched in a funeral procession down Oxford Street in a ‘grief march’ 
  • The capital set for another turbulent week as eco-protesters plan a hunger strike and disrupt City of London
  • Met Police announced there have been 1,309 arrests in connection with the ongoing protests across London

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Soggy Extinction Rebellion protesters are huddled together in a rain-soaked Trafalgar Square for the seventh day of eco-protests that have shut down swatches of central London.

Protesters clutching umbrellas are braving the miserable weather to continue the demonstrations that caused huge disruption in the capital last week.

The Metropolitan Police confirmed  and led to 1,309 arrests have been made so far in connection with Extinction Rebellion protests so far, with 42 people charged with a variety of offences.

This morning activists took part in ‘ten minutes of silence and stillness’ across a number of sites as they ‘reflect on the past week.’

It comes after thousands of activists carrying Extinction Rebellion banners and placards marched in a funeral procession down Oxford Street in a ‘grief march’ to remind people what has been lost due to climate change.

The capital is bracing itself for another week of chaos as Extinction Rebellion activists plan to start a hunger strike, to occupy the City of London, block Vauxhall Bridge, and protest new media outlets.

Extinction Rebellion activists in Trafalgar Square huddled together after week of protests that have caused disruption in the capital

Extinction Rebellion activists in Trafalgar Square. Today the group are reflecting on the protests of the past week before another chaotic week in the capital

Extinction Rebellion activists in Trafalgar Square. Today the group are reflecting on the protests of the past week before another chaotic week in the capital

A wooden structure in Trafalgar Square with the Extinction Rebellion logo draped over the top of it, as activists huddle away from the rain

A wooden structure in Trafalgar Square with the Extinction Rebellion logo draped over the top of it, as activists huddle away from the rain

A number of protesters are braving the cold weather to continue protests that have already lasted a week. One woman holds a sign saying 'We won't be in schools until our planet cools'

A number of protesters are braving the cold weather to continue protests that have already lasted a week. One woman holds a sign saying ‘We won’t be in schools until our planet cools’

Extinction Rebellion activists huddle under a wooden structure to keep the rain off during their seventh day of protests

Extinction Rebellion activists huddle under a wooden structure to keep the rain off during their seventh day of protests

Activists taking some time to eat some food and fuel up before another week of protests in London that are sure to cause further chaos

Activists taking some time to eat some food and fuel up before another week of protests in London that are sure to cause further chaos

A washing station in the middle of Trafalgar Square, where protesters can get scrubbed up ready for another week of protesting

A washing station in the middle of Trafalgar Square, where protesters can get scrubbed up ready for another week of protesting

Police pictured with a group of activists today in Trafalgar Square, in London. The capital is bracing itself for further protests this week

Police pictured with a group of activists today in Trafalgar Square, in London. The capital is bracing itself for further protests this week

A significant number of activists are still in Trafalgar Square. One group, wearing masks, hold up a banner saying 'Climate Emergency: Sound the alarm'

A significant number of activists are still in Trafalgar Square. One group, wearing masks, hold up a banner saying ‘Climate Emergency: Sound the alarm’

Earlier on Saturday, police arrested members of Animal Rebellion after they staged a demonstration at Billingsgate Fish Market in Poplar, London.

The animal rights group stopped traffic from entering the market, leading to multiple arrests.

The Metropolitan Police said 23 arrests had been made at Billingsgate as of 9.30am.

As many as 100 public order officers are being deployed from Scotland to London to assist the Metropolitan Police with the climate change demonstrations.

They will be deployed from early next week after Police Scotland Chief Constable Iain Livingstone approved the request from the National Police Co-ordination Centre on behalf of the Met.

Met Police chief Cressida Dick said on Friday the force has been ‘stretched’ by the protests, impeding its ability to respond to other crimes. 

Mr Livingstone, who has briefed Scotland’s Justice Secretary on the move, said it would not undermine Police Scotland’s ability to protect the public in Scotland.

A climate change protester plays a spot of cricket at the camp in Trafalgar Square in London on a rainy day

A climate change protester plays a spot of cricket at the camp in Trafalgar Square in London on a rainy day

There is still a considerable amount of tents in Trafalgar Square on a rainy Sunday in London, as the capital braces itself for another week of action

There is still a considerable amount of tents in Trafalgar Square on a rainy Sunday in London, as the capital braces itself for another week of action

As many as 100 public order officers are being deployed from Scotland to London to assist the Metropolitan Police with the climate change demonstrations

As many as 100 public order officers are being deployed from Scotland to London to assist the Metropolitan Police with the climate change demonstrations

Two protesters wear ominous dark outfits along side another wearing a 'badass vegan' t-shirt and hula-hoop. They joined thousands of people in the 'grief march' which was 'designed for people to come together' on Saturday

Two protesters wear ominous dark outfits along side another wearing a ‘badass vegan’ t-shirt and hula-hoop. They joined thousands of people in the ‘grief march’ which was ‘designed for people to come together’ on Saturday

A woman wears a Statue of Liberty crown while holding a torch with Donald Trump's face on it and a placard showing eco activist Greta Thunberg on her sail boat to New York which went viral at the march on Saturday

A woman wears a Statue of Liberty crown while holding a torch with Donald Trump’s face on it and a placard showing eco activist Greta Thunberg on her sail boat to New York which went viral at the march on Saturday

Protesters gather in support of Extinction Rebellion (XR) at Jubilee Gardens, London, to highlight deaths caused by air pollution, on Saturday

Protesters gather in support of Extinction Rebellion (XR) at Jubilee Gardens, London, to highlight deaths caused by air pollution, on Saturday

He said: ‘I have agreed to send a number of officers for a short time to assist with the policing of the Extinction Rebellion protests currently taking place in the city.

‘The Scottish Police Federation is engaged in this process and the safety and welfare of my officers and colleagues is paramount. 

‘Scotland has benefited from mutual aid in the past and will do so again in the future. It’s therefore appropriate that, as the UK’s second biggest police service, we supply officers when asked to do so by other forces.’

Activists blocked the entrance to the BBC’s central London headquarters on Friday, with some scaling the front of the building.

On Thursday, demonstrations focused on London City Airport, where protesters attempted a ‘Hong Kong-style occupation’ of the terminal building, with hundreds blocking the main entrance.

Extinction Rebellion protesters are RIGHT to use mass civil disobedience to force Governments to change policy, group of more than 300 scientists unites to say 

More than 300 scientists have endorsed a civil disobedience campaign aimed at forcing governments to take rapid action to tackle climate change, warning that failure could inflict ‘incalculable human suffering.’

In a joint declaration, climate scientists, physicists, biologists, engineers and others from at least 20 countries broke with the caution traditionally associated with academia to side with peaceful protesters courting arrest from Amsterdam to Melbourne.

Wearing white laboratory coats to symbolise their research credentials, a group of about 20 of the signatories gathered on Saturday to read out the text outside London’s century-old Science Museum in the city’s upmarket Kensington district.

‘We believe that the continued governmental inaction over the climate and ecological crisis now justifies peaceful and non-violent protest and direct action, even if this goes beyond the bounds of the current law,’ said Emily Grossman, a science broadcaster with a PhD in molecular biology, who read the declaration on behalf of the group.

Julia Steinberger, an ecological economist at Britain's University of Leeds, endorses mass civil disobedience to pressure governments to tackle climate change at a protest at London's Science Museum

Julia Steinberger, an ecological economist at Britain’s University of Leeds, endorses mass civil disobedience to pressure governments to tackle climate change at a protest at London’s Science Museum

‘We therefore support those who are rising up peacefully against governments around the world that are failing to act proportionately to the scale of the crisis,’ she said.

The declaration was coordinated by a group of scientists who support Extinction Rebellion, a civil disobedience campaign that formed in Britain a year ago and has since sparked offshoots in dozens of countries.

The group launched a fresh wave of international actions on Monday, aiming to get governments to address an ecological crisis caused by climate change and accelerating extinctions of plant and animal species. 

While many scientists have tended to shun overt political debate, preferring to confine their public pronouncements within the parameters of their research, the academics backing Extinction Rebellion say they feel compelled to speak out.

‘The urgency of the crisis is now so great that many scientists feel, as humans, that we now have a moral duty to take radical action,’ said Grossman.

Scientists endorse mass civil disobedience at an Extinction Rebellion protest outside London's Science Museum

Scientists endorse mass civil disobedience at an Extinction Rebellion protest outside London’s Science Museum 

Other signatories included several scientists who contributed to the U.N.-backed Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which has produced a series of reports underscoring the urgency of dramatic cuts in carbon emissions.

The group has electrified supporters who said they had despaired at the failure of conventional campaigning to spur action. But its success in paralysing parts of London has also angered critics who complained the movement has inconvenienced thousands of people and diverted police resources.

Extinction Rebellion is aligned with a school strike movement inspired by Swedish teenage activist Greta Thunberg, which mobilised millions of young people on Sept. 20. It hopes the scientists’ support for the urgency of its message and its embrace of civil disobedience will bolster its legitimacy and draw more volunteers.

The group said more than half the signatories of the declaration are experts in the fields of climate science and the loss of wildlife. Although British universities and institutes were well represented, signatories also worked in countries including the United States, Australia, Spain and France.  

 

 

 

 

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