A number of disruptive campaigns took place over the Bank Holiday weekend, including one outside the Science Museum over its sponsorship deal with Shell. The group are calling on the UK Government to stop all new fossil fuel investments immediately, following a report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which found that the last decade was hotter than any period in the last 125,000 years.
So far police say they have arrested a total of 367 activists during the first week, as the second gets underway.
Eleven people were arrested after blocking Tower Bridge with a caravan whilst wearing aprons branding “Tell The Truth” slogans.
On Monday a video circulating on social media captured the moment protestors attempted to block the road outside the Science Museum with an enormous wooden structure.
But a group of Met Police officers were quick to take charge of the chaos moving protesters to the ground and knocking the sculpture down to prevent it blocking the road.
The museum was targeted as according to protestors it receives funding from Shell petroleum, a user and distributor of fossil fuels which contribute to greenhouse gas emissions.
The group also blocked Mansell Street in the capital with a can using specially adapted “lock-on” devices to attach themselves to vehicles and bikes.
Frustrated police officers attempted to remove them but required specific tools to do so.
The force said on Twitter that it had involved “painstaking” work to remove protesters who had chained themselves to vehicles with “lock on devices”.
Protestors are today expected to descend on Parliament Square with painted white pram for a “slow, silent and sombre walk” to Trafalgar Square to highlight the impact of climate change on children.
The protests are expected to end this weekend with a “nature rebellion march and after party” starting in St James’ Park on Saturday.
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