UK police remove climate protesters from key London site – POLITICO
Police in London succeeded Saturday afternoon in removing climate activists occupying Oxford Circus so that the busy junction in the city’s West End could be reopened, the BBC reported.
The protest had featured a large pink boat that officers also removed, allowing traffic to flow in the bustling shopping district for the first time since Monday when protesters first brought the junction to a standstill.
The Met police said 750 people who were part of the Extinction Rebellion protest have been arrested and 28 charged during a week of protest, which Commissioner Cressida Dick said has caused “miserable disruption.”
Protesters were still occupying Waterloo Bridge and Parliament Square on Saturday evening.
“Every day we have had over 1,000 officers — and now over 1,500 officers — working to police these protests,” she said. “It’s had an impact not just on the police but also on the public.”
Extinction Rebellion is demanding that the U.K. government declare a “climate and ecological emergency,” reduce carbon emissions to net zero by 2025, and create a “citizens’ assembly” to drive climate policy.
A YouGov poll in the Times last week found that 36 percent of respondents supported the action while 52 percent were opposed.