'Extinction Rebellion': Climate change protesters block London transportation

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Climate activists have climbed on top of trains on a London railway line, in an escalation of the civil disobedience protests that have been blocking road junctions in the capital since Monday. The group Extinction Rebellion is calling for a week of civil disobedience against what it says is the failure to tackle the causes of climate change.

Climate change protestors stand atop a DLR train at Canary Wharf station on the third day of an environmental protest by the Extinction Rebellion group, in London on April 17, 2019.

There are now four roadblocks continuing after Picadilly Circus was reopened to traffic.

Police were called to the scene at 10.50am after reports of the obstruction. Another activist glued himself to one of the trains.

"Units are in the process of responding, including specialist teams trained in protest removal", a spokesperson for British Transport Police (BTP) said.

A Transport for London spokesman said it was aware of plans for demonstrations on the Underground and urged people to check for travel updates before setting off.

"It is absolutely crucial to get more people using public transport, as well as walking and cycling, if we are to tackle this climate emergency", Khan said.

"This additional pressure is deeply damaging to London's economy and reputation", said Jace Tyrrell, chief executive of the New West End Company, which represents businesses in the area.

"We expect demonstrations to continue throughout the coming weeks", the police statement said.

The protesters maintain that governments are not taking climate change seriously enough, and are demanding that a state of "climate and ecological emergency" be declared.

"During the next 24 hours, these intelligence-led patrols will be in place to help keep everyone safe and to ensure that disruption is kept to a minimum".

In 2017, total United Kingdom greenhouse gas emissions were 43 percent lower than in 1990 and 2.6 percent lower than 2016, according to government statistics.

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