Extinction Rebellion, a large group of protestors calling themselves Extinction, demanded the slashing new infrastructure plans that are linked to fossil fuels. They also warned about climate change at demonstrations in the capitals in France and the UK.
A number of hundred activists protested in London, Paris and other cities in response to Extinction Rebellion’s call for the immediate cessation and warning about the climate emergency.
The group blocked major roads in central Paris, London, and disrupted traffic to protest “inactions” by world leaders on climate change.
Activists took over 300 metres (980 feet), of central Paris’ main thoroughfare over Easter weekend. Some moved in hay bales and cement-filled containers in order to block traffic.
Extinction Rebellion tweeted that “thousands of protesters” were “occupying” London’s Marble Arch roundabout in a sit-in near Hyde Park. They were demanding an end to the fossil fuel industry.
Demonstrators also fixed themselves to a limousine in central London.
In a tweet, the Metropolitan Police stated that the protest caused “significant traffic disruption” while that the protesters “locked onto an stationary vehicle in middle of the road… believed by be their own.”
The group’s activists had earlier glued themselves to a tanker on Saturday, blocking the vehicle from a road near Hyde Park.
“End fossil filth.”
Etienne Stott, 2012 Olympic canoe slalom champ, climbed onto a tanker owned by Shell in Britain. He unfurled a banner that said, “End fossil filth.” Extinction Rebellion added.
Stott stated, “I am aware of the anger caused by my actions and I am ready to be held responsible.”
“But our government should also face accountability for its decisions that are destroying the planet’s ability support human civilisation.”
The Metropolitan Police stated that six people were detained.
Paris activists held up a large, red banner reading: “This world’s dying.” Let’s make the next one. The protest will continue until Monday.
“Rebelling in our duty” was written on graffiti near a wall.
“This is how we ensure that everyone talks about climate change,” Antoine told AFP. He was a young activist who declined his surname.
An unarmed line of French riot officers stood in front the protesters. However, officers did not intervene.
Anger at the government’s policies
Extinction Rebellion held a series protests in Britain over the past week. They even shut down four of London’s busiest bridges Friday.
Emma Smart, a scientist from the group, was released on Saturday after she began a hunger strike in protest against her earlier arrest during an earlier week’s protest against the British energy ministry, Extinction Rebellion stated.
ExxonMobil, one of many oil depots targeted by Just Stop Oil, has won injunctions to halt such actions, according to the London government.
Last week, the British government presented a new strategy for energy security after the war in Ukraine. It included a greater emphasis on nuclear power and renewable energy as well as oil from the North Sea.
Many activists are upset by this strategy, as they believe the government isn’t doing enough to reduce dependence on fossil fuels.
Many French environmentalists are feeling depressed after last weekend’s first round of presidential elections in which Yannick Jadot, Greens candidate, and Jean-Luc Melenchon, hard-left ecologist, were eliminated.
Next Sunday, a second round will take place between Marine Le Pen and President Emmanuel Macron.