Police order UK climate change protesters to stop demonstrations

Police order UK climate change protesters to stop demonstrations
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British police have ordered climate change protesters in London to stop after a week of demonstrations.

“Any assembly linked to the Extinction Rebellion ‘Autumn Uprising’... must now cease their protest(s) within London,” officials told Reuters in a statement.

Police have arrested more than 1,445 people in the protests so far, the news service reports.

The organizing group, the Extinction Rebellion, is calling for Britain to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2025, instead of the government’s current target of 2050.

Activists have used civil disobedience in their demonstrations and have barricaded themselves to vehicles in Westminster as others filled Trafalgar Square and blocked Lambeth and Westminster bridges. They have also tried to halt flights at the London City Airport.

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In response to police order, Extinction Rebellion told Reuters: “The climate and ecological emergency isn’t going away and we remain resolute in facing it. We urge the government and the authorities to join us in doing the same. We cannot do it alone.”

Conservative British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has criticized the protesters as “uncooperative crusties.”