Climate change protesters rumbled through traffic as they blocked four London bridges
LONDON — Climate change protesters rumbled through traffic as they blocked four London bridges on Friday, while other activists continued weeks of protests targeting oil terminals across Britain.
Red double-decker cars and buses backed up along the roads as hundreds of Extinction Rebellion activists occupied London’s Waterloo, Blackfriars, Lambeth and Westminster bridges, calling for an end to new investment in fossil fuels.
The Metropolitan Police said ‘pockets of protest’ were causing delays and disruption in central London.
The protests are part of a growing climate action movement that has also seen the group Insulate Britain clog motorways and roads to demand the government fund more energy-efficient homes.
In response, the Conservative government introduced measures to curb disruptive protests, a move that sparked debate over free speech.
On Friday, the government praised oil companies for securing court orders to arrest protesters blockading oil depots.
More than 600 people have been arrested in the past two weeks after environmental activists climbed atop tankers, padlocked themselves to structures and blocked roads at oil depots across the UK. Extinction Rebellion affiliate Just Stop Oil is calling on the government to halt all new oil and gas projects.
Energy Minister Greg Hands said that “while we value the right to peaceful protest, it is crucial that these do not disrupt people’s daily lives”. He said several businesses had received injunctions limiting protesters’ actions and access to sites.
Protests continued on Friday at sites in south-east and central England despite injunctions, with dozens of arrests.
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