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90 ar­rests as po­lice get tough with eco-rebels

- By Glen Keogh Crime · Incidents · Protests · Social Issues · Society · London · Mark Rylance · Manchester

AT least 90 Ex­tinc­tion Rebel- lion pro­test­ers were ar­rested yes­ter­day on the first of ten planned days of cli­mat­e­change demos.

Po­lice in Lon­don forcibly re­moved dozens from Par­lia­ment Square who re­fused to stay in­side strict bound­aries.

It was a stark con­trast to last year when of­fi­cers stood by pas­sively as demon­stra­tors block­aded streets.

The ac­tion still brought chaos to cen­tral Lon­don on the day chil­dren went back to school. Among thou­sands chant­ing, sing­ing and bang­ing drums – and risk­ing fines up to £10,000 for break­ing so­cial dis­tanc­ing laws – was Os­car-winning ac­tor Sir Mark Ry­lance (pic­tured be­low).

Po­lice ar­rested older demon­stra­tors in­clud­ing vet­eran ac­tivist John Lynes, 92, and helped a wo­man who fell from her wheel­chair.

One ar­rest was on sus­pi­cion of as­sault on an emer­gency worker. Oth­ers were for ob­struc­tion.

GP Dr Jan Power, 61, was held after trav­el­ling to the Lon­don demo from Corn­wall. Be­fore she was dragged away she said: ‘I don’t want to be here, but I have to be. ‘It’s my civic and pro­fes­sional re­spon­si­bil­ity be­cause we are in a cli­mate emer­gency which is also a health emer­gency.’ There were also smaller gath­er­ings in Manch­ester and Cardiff.

 ??  ?? On the march: Ac­tivists head­ing for Par­lia­ment Square
Floored: Po­lice helped one pro­tester back into her wheel­chair after a crowd surge knocked her over
Held: GP Dr Jan Power had trav­elled from Corn­wall to protest in Lon­don
On the march: Ac­tivists head­ing for Par­lia­ment Square Floored: Po­lice helped one pro­tester back into her wheel­chair after a crowd surge knocked her over Held: GP Dr Jan Power had trav­elled from Corn­wall to protest in Lon­don

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