The climate protesters stepped up Saturday's efforts to disrupt life in London and targeted sites such as the Billingsgate Fish Market and Shell Headquarters. They said the police had arrested at least 28 of their supporters. This figure means that more than 1,200 activists of the Extinction rebellion have been arrested in London since their protests against the "government" to "defeat" climate change were launched last Monday.
Among those arrested is Belgian Princess Esmeralda, who was taken into a police van for questioning for about five hours after participating in a sit-in at Trafalgar Square on Thursday. "The more people from all walks of life manifest, the greater the impact," said the 63-year-old. Among the other events held on Saturday, a group of more than 50 health professionals – wearing make-ups and singing the anthem of the Rebellion of Extinction – met in front of Shell Headquarters before to go to Parliament Square. "We are meeting outside Shell as it is one of the largest companies in the oil and energy sector and they have the power to decarbonize this sector," said Alex Turner, 36 years old, pediatrician and emergency doctor from Bristol. "We protest against illegal levels of air pollution."
Julia Simons, 23, a final year medical student at Cambridge University, said, "Our government has a responsibility to explain [climate science] to its citizens, to understand that, if they do not act in a radical way, this future for which I have studied will not exist. they had settled in Westminster.
Similar events have taken place in many other countries. Dutch police arrested 130 activists in Amsterdam after blockading a bridge in the city center. Protesters sprawled on hammocks were hanging on pillars supporting the bridge to prevent boats from passing underneath.
In France, hundreds of activists blocked for several hours a road leading to the National Assembly in Paris, before being dispersed by the police. In Brussels, protesters occupied the gardens of the Royal Palace, while in Melbourne, protesters announced that they would hold this week a "spring rebellion" of civil disobedience, including blocking traffic.
At the same time, more than 300 scientists and environmentalists signed a petition calling for the continuation of non-violent protests to ensure that measures are taken to combat climate change. "We have an obligation that goes beyond simply describing and understanding the natural world, which is to actively participate in its protection," says the petition. "The scientific community has already tried all conventional methods to draw attention to the crisis. We believe that the persistent inaction of governments in the face of the climate and the ecological crisis now justifies demonstrations and direct peaceful and non-violent actions, even if it exceeds the limits of the law in force. We believe it is our moral duty to act now, and we urge other scientists to join us in helping to protect the only home of humanity. "
A former Paralympic cyclist accused of climbing to the top of a British Airways plane and sticking to it appeared in court Saturday – and denied causing a public nuisance. James Brown, 55, visually impaired, allegedly climbed into the plane at London City Airport on Thursday during the demonstration against the Extinction rebellion. He appeared before the Westminster District Court, where his lawyer, Raj Chada, pleaded for him.
District Judge John Zani granted Brown a conditional bail, barring him from traveling less than one kilometer from any UK airport.
Brown – who competed in five Paralympic Games and won two gold and one bronze – told reporters that he was "relieved" of not being arrested. "I do not deny what I did, but I had to do what I did because of my concerns for the future of my children," he added.
The protest at Billingsgate, the largest fish market in the United Kingdom, organized by the chapter of the rebellion Animal Rebellion Rebellion began early Saturday when protesters blocked the entrance. A protester is locked at the door. Police initially tried to prevent the protesters from going to the market, but gave in after the negotiations, the group said.
"At Billingsgate's London market, thousands of fish, stolen every day from their homes by the ocean, are dead or dying," said Kerri Waters, spokesperson for Animal Rebellion. "Many will have choked slowly when they will be fired aboard fishing boats, while thousands of others will stay alive while they are trucked to the market, where they will be gutted or cut off. boiled alive. "