The Extinction Rebellion have begun their two week protest in Westminster today. It is part of the group’s international demonstration taking place in capital cities across the globe calling for action on the worldwide climate crisis. The famous political movement are known for using civil disobedience and non-violent resistance with an aim to urge central governments to take notice.
All photos by Cheryl Hillier
The Met Police had made 135 arrests by half twelve today and Extinction Rebellion claim the eldest arrest was of 81 year old Sarah Lasenby.
As of 12:30hrs today there have been a total of 135 arrests
— MPS Events (@MetPoliceEvents) October 7, 2019
The number of protesters on only the first day have been record breaking with 30,000 people involved and many areas of London City are at standstill with commuters being urged to avoid many places as traffic is at standstill.
#PeopleHaveTrafalgar Extinction Rebellion captured Trafalgar Square ( #BurningEarth)
Great display of #democracy #EveryoneNow#TheTimeIsNOW#ClimateEmergency#RebelFORLife#Demand1: #TellTheTruth#Demand2 : #ActNow and go #CarbonZero2025#Demand3 : #CizitensAssembly pic.twitter.com/14JEPW1ENc
— Extinction Rebellion London (@XRLondon) October 7, 2019
Our reporters Ingrid Cox and Ellie Avery spoke to Cheryl Hillier, an active member of the Extinction Rebellion as she joins the protesters today.