The Extinction Rebellion environmental campaign is preparing for another two weeks of climate protests to take place across London.
The group says thousands of people will take part in their “Impossible Rebellion,” which plans to “tackle the root cause of the climate and environmental crisis.”
Demonstrations are planned in central locations such as St. James ’Park, Piccadilly Circus – similar to 2019 – but more demonstrations are to take place in both north and south London.
The Metropolitan Police said a “major” operation was being conducted to deal with the protests over the busy holiday weekend, but acknowledged the activists’ “important cause”.
Attendees are asked to gather in Trafalgar Square on Monday (August 23) at 10am.
In a statement, the group said: “As of Monday, August 23, Extinction Rebellion will take to the streets again with plans to disrupt the City of London to tackle the root cause of the climate and environmental crisis – the political economy . “
The group says the disruption will continue until the government agrees to immediately stop all new fossil fuel investments.
The movement is supported by celebrities such as comedian and writer Stephen Fry and actor Jerome Flynn.
In a video shared on Twitter, Fry praised the group for trying to “really re-calibrate, realign and revolutionize politics through their” dirty “and” disruptive “demonstrations”.
Flynn took part in a protest Sunday evening in which three activists climbed the entrance to the Guildhall building in central London.
A crowd of around 200 gathered when the trio sprayed red spray paint over the walls of the building and unrolled a banner that read, “Ko-Liberungsfreiheit Together”.
The Game of Thrones actor told the PA news agency that it was “more urgent than ever” that people take a stand together.
“We got used to certain life-destroying systems, we created them, got addicted to them and we know that the world burns because of them,” he said.
“It feels necessary and poignant and urgent than ever to come together.
“It’s time to work together, there are so many things that try to polarize us and pull us apart.”
The Metropolitan Police said a total of nine people were arrested on Sunday in connection with the activities.
Police said three were arrested on suspicion of property damage and another five were arrested on suspicion of causing property damage.
Another person was arrested for being equipped to cause criminal harm and they are all in police custody, the Met said.
Commenting on the upcoming protests, Deputy Deputy Commissioner Matt Twist said: “We have conducted a major operation, led by an experienced commando team, to effectively provide a proportionate response to a protracted two week demonstration.
“We understand why this is such an important thing, nobody is aware of what we don’t want is that people who protest are interfering with the rights of others.
“We don’t want any serious disruption in London – August Bank Holiday is one of the busiest of the year and we know this will mean that officials will be withdrawn from their local districts and taken to central London to deal with this protest. ”
Extinction Rebellion vowed to return to the streets earlier this month after a string of court victories in which activists successfully appealed convictions for previous stunts.
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