Extinction Rebellion: Climate Protest Brings Manchester To Standstill

"The reason we have implemented these conditions is that we know these protests may result in serious disruption to local businesses, commuters and our communities and residents, which I will not tolerate.

Extinction Rebellion: Climate Protest Brings Manchester To Standstill
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Five Extinction Rebellion groups have closed the A34 Oxford Street in Manchester City Centre between Mount Street and Portland Street as the global environmental movement begins a week of renewed demonstrations across the country.

The global environmental movement are planning to block streets London, Manchester and Cardiff this week as they continue their calls for MPs to back a climate emergency bill hold a national citizens’ assembly on the crisis.

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The Extinction Rebellion groups will also block roads in the capital as they descend on Westminster.

The protesters are holding 10 days of demonstrations across central London as part of its ongoing campaign to highlight climate change.

The Metropolitan Police has imposed conditions against protests planned for today, which state gathering can only take place off the main roads at Parliament Square Gardens between 8 am and 7 pm.

However, the Extinction Rebellion is planning to stage marches at several landmarks in the capital, before moving to Parliament Square in Westminster and Trafalgar Square.

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Several events are set to take place until September 10, including a “theatrical” display highlighting “how the climate crisis is causing death”, as well as a silent protest outside Buckingham Palace.

The “carnival of corruption” is one event set to take place outside the Treasury over the coming days, as well as the “walk of shame” near the Bank of England.

The Metropolitan Police has warned no boats, vehicles, trailers or other structures may form part of the procession at any point on its route on Tuesday.

They said: “Failure to comply with these conditions may result in arrest.”

Metropolitan Police Commander Jane Connors said on Monday: “Ahead of a number of planned environmental protests due to take place in central London tomorrow, we have decided to impose conditions under Section 12 and Section 14 of the Public Order Act (1986) on protesters looking to assemble, and those looking to go on a procession.

“The reason we have implemented these conditions is that we know these protests may result in serious disruption to local businesses, commuters and our communities and residents, which I will not tolerate.

“If you take part in tomorrow’s assembly or processions and knowingly fail to comply with these conditions, or incite others to fail to comply, you may commit an offence and may be liable to arrest.”

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