Police make more than 50 arrests at Extinction Rebellion protests in London

Police arrested more than 50 people Monday as Extinction Rebellion protesters blocked an intersection in Covent Garden as part of an ongoing campaign in London.

The Metropolitan Police said 52 people had been arrested by Monday evening, after 10 arrests on Sunday.

Environmental activists took to the streets in London for the fifth Extinction Rebellion mass protest to fight the “cause” of the climate and natural crises.

Protesters blocked streets in central London, including around Trafalgar Square, as they urged the government to immediately stop investing in fossil fuels, which are driving climate change.

Activists also erected a large pink structure at the intersection of Long Acre and Upper St Martin’s Lane with the words “come to the table” written on it to highlight the right that everyone has a say in tackling the crisis.

The huge “table” contains built-in locks for demonstrators to post, bedrooms and their own stereo, and activists prepare to stay and occupy the site.

A visibly strong police presence surrounded the protests, which are expected to attempt to disrupt London over the next two weeks.

A Metropolitan Police statement on Twitter said: “Today’s protests in London resulted in more than 50 arrests for a variety of crimes.

“We’ll have officers on hand all night.”

In a statement prior to the protests, Extinction Rebellion, which has received endorsement from celebrities like comedian and writer Stephen Fry and actor Jerome Flynn, said they were “addressing the root cause of the climate and environmental crisis – political economy.”

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