COPS have arrested 113 eco-warrior activists after demonstrators sparked rush hour chaos and trashed Shell's London HQ yesterday.
Protesters stormed the capital as they demanded the Government declare a climate emergency – with the demonstrations expected to continue today.
Reuters28 Cops arrested several protesters in a desperate bid to clear Waterloo Bridge
Reuters28 The demonstration continued long into the night
Reuters28 Several were arrested outside Shell's London HQ
London News Pictures28 Thousands of protesters descended on landmarks in London – seen here blocking Oxford Circus
London News Pictures28 Waterloo Bridge was turned into a garden by environment protesters on Tuesday afternoon
Reuters28 A climate change activist is seen at the entrance of the Shell Centre,during the protests
AFP or licensors28 Protesters blocked Waterloo Bridge on Monday morning as part of the demonstration criticising the Government for its inaction on climate change
Met Police this morning confirmed 113 arrests in total had been made, with most over obstruction of the highway and breaching a public order act.
The number also includes three men and two women who were arrested on suspicion of criminal damage after Shell HQ was daubed in paint and a glass door was shattered.
A spokesperson said: "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."
It came after London traffic was forced to grind to a halt as the protesters blocked roads around landmarks yesterday.
Areas around Parliament, as well as Marble Arch, Oxford Circus, Waterloo Bridge and Piccadilly Circus, were all targeted to create maximum disruptions.
The closure of the connection between South Bank and Victoria Embankment caused particular headaches for motorists with the protesters declaring: "We have taken Waterloo bridge!"
The group then set up pot plants and picnic blankets along the road, naming it a "garden bridge".
Many this morning had chained themselves to a van in the middle of the road.
During the protests, Shells' revolving door was shattered after protesters glued themselves to the glass and daubed messages including "Shell kills" on the building.
Declaring it the "International Rebellion", organisers Extinction Rebellion said they would continue to disrupt to raise awareness for politician's "criminal inaction" to act on climate change.
The protests have also been organised across the world, including in Australia, Spain and Germany.
We have taken Waterloo bridge!
Demonstrators were seen waving flags, beating drums and chanting as part of the movement.
Many were dressed in bright colours, even reciting poetry as part of the "creative" protest.
Women were also seen under cars, trying to attach themselves to the vehicles as part of the protest.
The "rebellion" could last for up to two weeks, with many arriving in London on Sunday.
The movement, which is demanding the Government takes urgent action on climate change and wildlife declines, has received support from actress and activist Dame Emma Thompson and former archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams.
Getty – Contributor28 Protesters scrawled graffiti on Waterloo Bridge
Getty – Contributor28 The campaigners refused to move as cops tried to clear the blockage
Rex Features28 People block Oxford Circus with a giant pink boat
EPA28 Parliament Square was also filled with protesters
AFP or licensors28 The demonstrations have been held across London, including Marble Arch
Reuters28 Police speak to a woman next to the shattered glass at Shell's HQ
AFP or licensors28 Police officers talk with arrested demonstrators outside the surround the graffiti-covered Shell Centre in London
EPA28 Messages were sprayed onto Shell's building
Getty Images – Getty28 There was a carnival atmosphere on Oxford Street
Environmental protesters stage protest on Waterloo Bridge and Oxford Circus as they try to bring London to a standstill
'PEACEFUL ACT OF REBELLION'
Organisers said: "The international rebellion begins and Extinction Rebellion will be bringing London to a standstill for up to two weeks.
"They will be blocking five of the city's busiest and most iconic locations in a non-violent, peaceful act of rebellion where they invite people to join them for several days of creative, artist-led resistance."
In a statement released last year, they added: "When Government and the law fail to provide any assurance of adequate protection, as well as security for its people’s well-being and the nation’s future, it becomes the right of its citizens to seek redress in order to restore dutiful democracy and to secure the solutions needed to avert catastrophe and protect the future.
"It becomes not only our right, it becomes our sacred duty to rebel."
A spokeswoman for The Royal Parks said Extinction Rebellion had not asked for permission to begin the protest in Hyde Park and that camping is not allowed.
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But police said no arrests were made overnight after earlier explaining their operational response to camping "would be dependent on what if any other issues might be ongoing at the time".
Scotland Yard said they have "appropriate policing plans" in place for the demonstrations and that officers will be used from across the force "to support the public order operation during the coming weeks".
Police advised people travelling around London in the coming days to allow extra time for their journey in the event of road closures and general disruption.
Twitter28 Waterloo Bridge is just one of the landmarks targeted in the protest
SWNS:South West News Service28 Some demonstrators walk along London's streets with a 'Rebel for Life' sign
London News Pictures28 Sheila Collins from Cardiff, Extinction Rebellion campaigner, attaches herself to the underneath of a vehicle at Marble Arch
London News Pictures28 Sue Parfitt, 77, an Anglican priest and Extinction Rebellion campaigner, was also photographed attaching herself to a car at Marble Arch
SWNS:South West News Service28 Protesters dressed in bee outfits to raise awareness for their petition
AFP or licensors28 Cops stand by the Shell HQ covered in paint
SWNS:South West News Service28 The demonstrators warned the warning signs about the environment had been ignored
PA:Press Association28 One protester is dressed like the Statue of Liberties, complete with a torch decorated with a picture of Donald Trump
PA:Press Association28 The bright Extinction Rebellion protest in Parliament Square
PA:Press Association28 The protest could last up to two weeks, organisers warned
SWNS:South West News Service28 Signs warning that the climate was changing are waved during the protest in London
London News Pictures28 Waterloo Bridge was blocked on Monday morning, with demonstrators warning they wanted to stop 'business as usual'