Climate protesters block roads in global ‘emergency’
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