A video circulating on social media captures the moment a pack of Extinction Rebellion protesters attempted to block a road outside the Science Museum with an enormous wooden structure. A lorry can be seen parking up and protesters pulling out a sculpture. But XR were too slow and a group of Met officers charged in tackling protesters and knocking the vast sculpture down despite it nearly taking out a number of their own and protesters in the process.
Chaos erupted as a large lorry appears to reverse onto a junction outside the Science Museum.
Moments later the back door of the HGV flings its doors open and the protesters team up to pull out a large, pre-made wooden structure.
Around a dozen Met officers can then be seen sprinting in as protesters scramble to erect the structure.
But they are immediately tackled to the floor as the Met scream to each other to “push it over” in order to prevent the road being blocked.
A tussle ensues between protesters and the police as the structure begins to buckle and collapses.
Huge wooden pylons then come crashing to the ground as the Met desperately try to take control of the chaos.
Some officers can even be seen to get hit by the wooden beams with one officer getting struck in the back of the head and losing his hat.
Protesters can then be seen immediately falling to the floor as part of their non-violent form of protest and resistence.
The Science Museum was targeted as according to protesters it recieves funding from Shell petroleum, a major user and distributor of fossil fuels which contribute to greenhouse gas emissions which in turn contriutes climate change and global warming.
Extinction Rebellion have entered their second and final week of protesting in London as they target locations they accuse of funding fossil fuel usage.
In response to the ongoing protests, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said: “I share the passion of those who have taken to the streets to highlight the urgent need to tackle the climate crisis… The upcoming August Bank Holiday Weekend is historically an extremely busy time for our police force. The met police have a robust policing plan in place, including requesting mutual aid support for a number of additional police officers from neighboring forces.
If police officers have to respond to disruptive and unlawful protest in central London, it will end up pulling them away from local communities. Preventing and reducing violent crime should be the priority of the police.”