Cli­mate pro­test­ers block roads in global ‘emer­gency’

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Global -

Lon­don: Thou­sands of cli­mate ac­tivists took to the streets of cities around the world on Mon­day, launch­ing two weeks of peace­ful civil dis­obe­di­ence to de­mand im­me­di­ate ac­tion to cut car­bon emis­sions and avert an eco­log­i­cal dis­as­ter.

In Lon­don, po­lice ar­rested 135 ac­tivists from the Ex­tinc­tion Re­bel­lion group as they blocked bridges and roads in the city cen­tre, and glued them­selves to cars, while pro­test­ers in Ber­lin halted traf­fic at the Vic­tory Col­umn round­about.

Dutch po­lice stepped in to ar­rest more than 100 cli­mate change ac­tivists block­ing a street in front of the coun­try’s na­tional mu­seum and there were sim­i­lar protests in Aus­tria, Spain, New Zealand and Aus­tralia.

“SORRY that we blocked the road, but this is an emer­gency,” de­clared plac­ards held by ac­tivists in Am­s­ter­dam. De­fy­ing al­most freez­ing tem­per­a­tures in Ber­lin, ac­tivists singing “Solid as a rock, rooted as a tree” gath­ered at dawn at the Vic­tory Col­umn round­about near Ber­lin’s Tier­garten park.

The protests are part of an in­ter­na­tional two-week cam­paign co­or­di­nated by Ex­tinc­tion Re­bel­lion, a cam­paign group that rose to promi­nence in April when it dis­rupted traf­fic in cen­tral Lon­don for 11days.

They are the lat­est in a string of demon­stra­tions against cli­mate change.

Ex­tinc­tion Re­bel­lion says it ex­pects peace­ful protests over the next two weeks in more than 60 cities from New Delhi to New York, to call on gov­ern­ments to re­duce green­house gas emis­sions to net zero by 2025 and halt a loss of bio­di­ver­sity. Three

Span­ish po­lice of­fi­cers who were thrown into the sea when their boat crashed early Fri­day dur­ing a high­speed chase were pulled to safety by the drug-smug­glers they were chas­ing, po­lice said. The po­lice of­fi­cers were thrown into the sea when their boat crashed fol­low­ing a high-speed chase to catch the al­leged crooks. Us­ing a mega­phone, a po­lice he­li­copter that was hov­er­ing over­head called on those on board the speed­boat to help and they pulled the three agents to safety un­harmed. The ges­ture

did not spare them, how­ever, when po­lice found three tonnes of hashish in the wa­ter nearby. More than 80 bun­dles of hash had been re­cov­ered from them, said a po­lice state­ment.

Plane makes emer­gency land­ing af­ter brawl

A plane was forced to make an emer­gency land­ing to eject seven pas­sen­gers fol­low­ing a mid-air fight be­tween mem­bers of a stag-do party and an­other group of men, which in­volved one man “spit­ting” at a woman. The easyJet flight from Manch­ester to Tener­ife had to di­vert to Por­tu­gal when a brawl be­tween two groups of men broke out around two hours af­ter take-off. Ac­cord­ing to wit­nesses, a group of four

male pas­sen­gers started punch­ing each other at the back of the plane. The cap­tain then made the de­ci­sion to di­vert the plane to Faro, where seven men were taken off the plane by air­port se­cu­rity.

Fake news sparks panic among quake vic­tims

Thou­sands of In­done­sians are still in shel­ters nearly two weeks af­ter a deadly earth­quake sparked a stream of fake news and hoaxes warn­ing that an even big­ger dis­as­ter was loom­ing, the gov­ern­ment said on Mon­day. Fears about af­ter­shocks have been ag­gra­vated by a stream of hoaxes and fake news — mostly on What­sApp and other mes­sag­ing ser­vices — that warned a tsunami-gen­er­at­ing quake was about to strike.


Pro­test­ers cov­ered in fake blood gather around the Wall Street Bull dur­ing an Ex­tinc­tion Re­bel­lion demon­stra­tion in New York on Mon­day

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