Extinction Rebellion protest – Climate change protesters free to cause London traffic chaos for a week as police have no plans to remove Waterloo Bridge eco-warriors

ECO-WARRIORS have continued to lay siege to London today as police fail to move them on from the capital's landmarks.

Demonstrators demanding action on climate change have threatened to camp out for a week – even gluing themselves under vans to make sure they could not be moved.

Getty Images – Getty11 Waterloo Bridge was closed off for the second day in a row during the Rebellion Extinction protests
Extinction Rebellion protest - Climate change protesters free to cause London traffic chaos for a week as police have no plans to remove Waterloo Bridge eco-warriorsAFP or licensors11 Protesters have continued to sit in Oxford Circus today
Extinction Rebellion protest - Climate change protesters free to cause London traffic chaos for a week as police have no plans to remove Waterloo Bridge eco-warriorsPA:Press Association11 Tents were put up at Marble Arch, where police have asked campaigners to contain their protest to

More than 100 protesters were arrested in the past 24 hours as cops laid down stringent conditions.

Five were arrested outside Shell HQ in Lambeth yesterday on suspicion of criminal damage after the building was daubed in paint and glass smashed.

But despite Met Police imposing a condition for protesters to only gather at Marble Arch, passionate campaigners have refused to move on from other landmarks like Waterloo Bridge and Oxford Circus.

A giant pink boat in the centre of Oxford Circus has also remained in place surrounded by activists in tents and sleeping bags on the second day of the environmental protests.

The "garden" created on Waterloo Bridge is also still in place, with trees and green spaces set up to block traffic.

And while some are supportive of the group's efforts, others have slammed the disruptive protests.

One upset Londoner wrote: "Total disgrace! Why are these people allowed to disrupt the lives of the majority and the Met stand by and watch.

"London now regularly paralysed by protesters and nothing is done. Let them protest in Hyde Park."

Another added: "Another day of disruption with no one able to get a bus in Central London. I agree with freedom of speech but if I can't get to work it's costing me money."

A third said: "My wife works near where Extinction Rebellion had one of their main protests and picnics yesterday. So much litter was left behind. Is this part of the protest in some way?"

In one case, a defendant failed to appear for his Southwark Crown Court sentencing hearing as he was "stuck on Waterloo Bridge due to the protests".

But the campaigners have vowed to continue their protests for as long as possible.

'WE WILL NOT BE MOVED'

Ben Moss, 42, from Islington, North London, was among those to keep vigil on Waterloo Bridge.

He said: "We're in an extreme situation, we have to take action, this is my personal action to the moral issue of the climate crisis and ecological collapse.

"I'm doing this because I want the Government to do something.

"I've got a week off work, if more is necessary I can make my excuses, I'm a director of a company, I work at a co-operative, but not everyone can come and do this."

He added: "I want to give this the time necessary, we need action, this will create attention."

Blythe Pepino, 34, from Hereford, said: "The purpose is to maintain the disruption on the bridge to bring the Government to the table and talk about the climate crisis.

"I think we'll be taken more seriously over time because we're not planning on going away. "Legal marches come and go and there's not much action or coverage on it, civil disobedience is the only way to bring urgency."

London Campaign for Better Transport's Chris Barker said they supported the campaign, saying: "It's necessary to raise people's consciousness about the situation about temperature rises.

"We need to put it into the public domain."

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Police confirmed overnight that a condition under the Section 14 of the Public Order Act 1986 would last for 24 hours.

A Met Police spokesperson said: "The information and intelligence available at this time means that that Met feels this action is necessary in order to prevent the demonstrations from causing ongoing serious disruption to community.

"This condition will be reviewed as part of the policing plan."

They added: "Whilst a proportionate policing plan is in place to balance the right to a peaceful protest, officers are well trained to maintain public order and are ready to respond to any incidents that may arise."

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A TfL spokesperson said: "There are demonstrations taking place across London which are causing disruption to some bus services and on the road network.

"The safety of our customers and staff is our number one priority and we’re working closely with the police to manage the impact on London’s transport network. We would encourage people to check their journeys before they travel."

A Shell spokesperson said: "We respect the right of everyone to express their point of view, we only ask that they do so with their safety and the safety of others in mind."

Extinction Rebellion protest - Climate change protesters free to cause London traffic chaos for a week as police have no plans to remove Waterloo Bridge eco-warriorsPA:Press Association11 Demonstrators chain and glue themselves to a lorry on Waterloo Bridge in London
Extinction Rebellion protest - Climate change protesters free to cause London traffic chaos for a week as police have no plans to remove Waterloo Bridge eco-warriorsEPA11 Police will not move the protesters on Waterloo Bridge
Extinction Rebellion protest - Climate change protesters free to cause London traffic chaos for a week as police have no plans to remove Waterloo Bridge eco-warriorsAFP or licensors11 Landmarks have been put under siege by the protests calling for the government to do more against climate change
Extinction Rebellion protest - Climate change protesters free to cause London traffic chaos for a week as police have no plans to remove Waterloo Bridge eco-warriorsAFP or licensors11 Protesters have said they are in it for the longhaul – with one man seen here brushing his teeth at Marble Arch
Extinction Rebellion protest - Climate change protesters free to cause London traffic chaos for a week as police have no plans to remove Waterloo Bridge eco-warriorsTwitter11 Some London locals have been left furious by the disruptive protests
Extinction Rebellion protest - Climate change protesters free to cause London traffic chaos for a week as police have no plans to remove Waterloo Bridge eco-warriorsTwitter11 Others said the protests were causing the average person more money
Extinction Rebellion protest - Climate change protesters free to cause London traffic chaos for a week as police have no plans to remove Waterloo Bridge eco-warriorsReuters11 A climate change activist walks across Waterloo Bridge during the Extinction Rebellion today
Extinction Rebellion protest - Climate change protesters free to cause London traffic chaos for a week as police have no plans to remove Waterloo Bridge eco-warriorsAP:Associated Press11 Police stand guard as demonstrators camp on the road during a climate protest in Oxford Circus this morning

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