Extinction Rebellion protest – live: Climate activists block Waterloo Bridge as demonstrations enter fourth day

Climate change activists are already out in force and the first people thought to have been charged over the Extinction Rebellion protests are due in court as the demonstrations enter a fourth day.

Commuters were forced to weave between crowds of demonstrators on London’s Waterloo Bridge this morning, which has been completely closed to traffic.

Police said more than 100 people were arrested on Wednesday, bringing the total to almost 400 as protests also continue in Parliament Square, Oxford Circus and Marble Arch.

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Two men, aged 29 and 35, and a 51-year-old woman appeared at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court this morning after allegedly climbing on top of a train at Canary Wharf station in east London on Wednesday.

The trio were charged with obstructing trains or carriages on the railway by an unlawful act contrary to Section 36 of the Malicious Damage Act 1861. They each pleaded not guilty and were remanded in custody until they next appear at Blackfriars Crown Court on 16 May.

Follow how the protests develop throughout the day


The Metropolitan Police have begun inquiries to identify two officers videoed dancing with climate change protesters in Oxford Circus on Wednesday night.

Commander Jane Connors said she was “disappointed by the video and the unacceptable behaviour of the officers in it”.

She said: “We expect our officers to engage with protesters but clearly their actions fall short of the tone of the policing operation at a time when people are frustrated at the actions of the protesters.

“We will be reminding officers of their responsibilities and expectations in policing this operation – however the majority of officers have been working long hours and I am grateful to them for their continued commitment.”


Two police officers were caught on video dancing in the centre of a large crowd of protesters in central London last night.

 

The pair can be seen throwing their hands in the air as they dance along to shouts of “we love it, we love it” in Oxford Circus.

 

Waterside Cafe Wildlife Garden shared the video on Twitter alongside the message “police solidarity with Extinction Rebellion at Oxford Circus! Brilliant!”

 


Three people have pleaded not guilty to charges relating to climbing on top of a train during climate change protests and have been remanded in custody until next month.

The two men and a woman appeared at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court on Thursday morning in relation to the incident during Extinction Rebellion (XR) protests at Canary Wharf station in London the previous day.

They have not been granted bail and will remain in custody until they are next due to appear at court on 16 May.


Mark Carney, governor of the Bank of England, has warned banks they cannot ignore the “catastrophic” effects of climate change and must be at the heart of tackling the problem.

Along with other central bankers from around the world, he called on governments and financial institutions to take a pivotal role in keeping temperature rises “well below 2C” as pledged under the Paris climate agreement.

Mr Carney said the “enormous human and financial costs of climate change are having a devastating effect on our collective wellbeing”.


Two men and a woman are due to appear at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court today after allegedly climbing on top of a train at Canary Wharf station in east London on Wednesday.

 

They were each charged with obstructing trains or carriages on the railway by an unlawful act contrary to Section 36 of the Malicious Damage Act 1861.

 


Extinction Rebellion co-founder Dr Gail Bradbrook is encouraging people to take time off work and join protesters.

 

Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, she said: “I think our protest has been awesome, we are making history at the minute…people are having a fantastic time on the streets.”

 

When presenter Nick Robinson pointed out that some people were having a “miserable” because of the disruption caused, she added: “They should take some time off work and come and join us.”


Here’s a handy guide to who exactly the Extinction Rebellion activists are and what they are aiming to achieve with demonstrations:
 


Good morning and welcome to The Independent‘s live coverage as climate change protests enter a fourth day.

 

Extinction Rebellion organisers say they are expecting “thousands more rebels” to join their demonstrations over the Easter weekend.

 

The protest group disrupted London Tube line yesterday and Waterloo Bridge is closed to traffic today, while activists are also blocking part of Vauxhall Bridge.

 

Co-founder Dr Gail Bradbrook has warned the group’s tactics will escalate if its demands “are not met”.

 

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