Extinction Rebellion: Climate protesters ‘making a difference’

A teenage climate change activist has told Extinction Rebellion protesters in London they are “making a difference”.

Greta Thunberg, 16, was greeted with chants of “we love you” as she took to the stage in front of thousands of people at the rally in Marble Arch.

A protest organiser said they planned “a week of activities” including a bid to prevent MPs entering Parliament.

More than 950 people have been arrested during the climate change protests and 40 people have been charged.

Ms Thunberg, a Swedish teenager who is credited with inspiring an international movement to fight climate change, told the crowd “humanity is standing at a crossroads” and that protesters “will never stop fighting for this planet”.

Addressing the crowd at about 19:30 BST, she said: “For way too long the politicians and people in power have got away with not doing anything at all to fight the climate crisis and ecological crisis.

“But we will make sure they will not get away with it any longer.”

As of 19:00 on Sunday, a total of 963 people had been arrested during the climate change protests.

The Met Police said 40 people, aged 19 to 77, have been charged for “various offences including breach of Section 14 Notice of the Public Order Act 1986, obstructing a highway and obstructing police”.

Extinction Rebellion said it hoped to negotiate with the Mayor of London and the Met over continuing its demonstrations at Old Palace Yard in Westminster and leaving other sites.

Organisers said there would be a “people’s assembly” at Marble Arch on Monday afternoon to decide what will happen in the coming week.

 

Original link: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-london-48003955