Thousands of climate activists blocked four major London bridges on Saturday as protests erupted across the capital.
The Just Stop Oil group said it had brought central London to a standstill by blocking four key bridges to Westminster – Waterloo, Westminster, Lambeth and Vauxhall – demanding “immediate government action to end the climate and cost of living crisis”. ”.
On Westminster Bridge, activists including members of Extinction Rebellion sat in the road, played instruments and blocked traffic to chant about the climate crisis.
Several people kept up a steady drumbeat on instruments adorned with the Extinction Rebellion symbol watched by the police.
XR and Cuban flags were flown and a “Save My Future” sign appeared on a baby buggy.
Meg, a member of Doctors for Extinction Rebellion, told the PA: “This is a climate emergency and people are already dying, more will die from the effects of climate change.
“We are acting in accordance with the values of health professionals who should try to protect public health and try to protect people’s lives and well-being.”
A coalition of organizations including Just Stop Oil, the Peace and Justice Project, Fuel Poverty Action, Insulate Britain, CND and others released a statement saying they will protest until the government meets their demands:
“Ending the cost of living and the climate crisis by stopping new oil and gas, starting a rapid transition to a fairer society, decided by ordinary people and paid for by those who profit from the destruction of humanity.
“This is not a one-day event. This is not a symbolic day, it is an act of resistance against this genocidal government. We’ll be back tomorrow, and the day after that, and the day after that.
As of 3.30pm, most of the marchers appeared to be responding to police requests and left the scene without being arrested.
Weather protests coincided with train workers picketing outside King’s Cross station and fuel cost protests.