Climate change protesters have disrupted traffic by blocking four London bridges
LONDON – Anti-climate change protesters disrupted traffic by blocking four London bridges on Friday, while other activists have continued for weeks anti-oil terminal demonstrations across Britain.
Cars and red double-decker buses lined the streets as hundreds of Extinction Rebellion activists occupied London’s Waterloo, Blackfriars, Lambeth and Westminster bridges, demanding an end to new fossil fuel investment.
The Metropolitan Police Force said “protest bags” were causing delays and disruption in central London.
The demonstrations are part of a growing climate change movement that has also led to the group Insulate Britain blocking motorways and roads to make demands for the government to fund more energy efficient homes.
In response, the Conservative government has introduced measures to curb disruptive protests, a move that has sparked debate over freedom of expression.
On Friday, the government commended the oil companies for securing injunctions to stop protesters blocking oil depots.
More than 600 people have been arrested in the past two weeks after environmental activists climbed onto oil tankers, padlocked themselves to structures and blocked roads at oil depots across the UK. The group Just Stop Oil, which is affiliated with Extinction Rebellion, is calling on the government to stop all new oil and gas projects.
Energy Secretary Greg Hands said: “While we value the right to protest peacefully, it is crucial that they do not disrupt people’s everyday lives.” restrict locations.
Despite the restraining orders, protests continued in locations across south-east and central England with dozens of arrests made.
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