Five men have been arrested in advance of the upcoming environmental demonstrations, in an effort to avoid a diversion during protests.
Among them is the co-founder of Extinction Rebellion, Roger Hallam, who had been previously arrested ahead of protests by the Heathrow Pause group.
The police said Mr Hallam had been arrested before for taking part in several other demonstrations, where activists planned to cause havoc.
The 52-year-old from Putney, alongside Diana Warner, 61, of Bristol, Ferhat Ulusu, 42, of Hackney, Holly Brentall, 28, of Haringey and Steven Nunn, 56, of Telford appeared at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday.
The five members of the new Beyond Politics group were accused of conspiring to trigger criminal damage in the upcoming environmental protests. They were all remanded in prison and they will remain in custody until the end of demonstrations which are expected to occur over the bank holiday.
In a statement, a spokesperson for the Beyond Politics which was launched in June said they began an “indefinite hunger strike against the injustice of their imprisonment”.
It had been reported that the Extinction Rebellion group organised several protests in cities and towns across the UK ahead of a nationwide “rebellion which starts on 1 September.
According to the organisers, the march moves towards Hyde Park calling for “change to UK’s institutional and systemic racism”.
A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police said: “Officers are in contact with the organisers and continue to remind them of the current, ongoing health crisis and the Health Regulations which remain in place.
“A policing plan will be in place throughout the duration of the demonstrations.”
The police will have to closely monitor the upcoming demonstrations to make sure that they are peaceful and no one will cause any criminal damage during protests.