In minutes, activists had erected the structure in the middle of the road, with three climbing on top and more locking themselves on around its base.
Video: Extinction Rebellion protesters are dragged off the roof of a London Tube | SWNS TV
The latest action comes after 12 days of protests by XR, beginning a week last Monday, which have so far led to more than 1,700 arrests.
Greg Frey, 23, from London, who was locked to the base of the structure with a bicycle lock around his neck, said: We would love to go home. I would love to have not spent the last 13 days on the streets, but we have no choice. Were trapped.
She said: Im crying because this is really important. People are really angry and want us to go away and I want to go home, but I think this is so important I have to be here. I havent seen my family for a fortnight. I miss my family, I want to be at home where Im safe. I dont want to be arrested again but Im terrified for my future and my familys future.
They said on Wednesday that 1,642 had been arrested following action targeting the Treasury building, companies such as Google, financial institutions also including Barclays and asset manager BlackRock, and city airport.
Extinction Rebellion has a wave of protests planned for Friday. Shortly after the blockade at Oxford Circus, five activists locked themselves together outside the door of the Kenyan High Commission on Portland Place to highlight the plight of the Sengwer people, who are being displaced from their forest homes in the name of conservation.
Extinction Rebellion is in the second week of civil disobedience that has targeted government buildings, a local airport and financial institutions such as BlackRock to highlight the threat posed by climate change.
Any climate change solution should respect and take into consideration the rights of indigenous peoples around the world, said Laurence Tidy, 26, from Wales, who was locked around his neck to another activist blocking the door of the high commission.
At noon, supporters gathered at Whitehall Gardens for a red-handed march through Westminster, in a nod to the section 14 order that remains in place banning their environmental protests across London. Police attempted to intercept activists as they circulated the crowd using red spray chalk to paint handprints on the floor.
Among those taking part in the march was Rob Cooper, a former chief superintendent turned XR activist. Asked how he felt about the two weeks of protests, he said: There have been a couple of issues but overall its been absolutely amazing and all credit to XR rebels that have stuck with it for days and days.
Protesters with Extinction Rebellion will be meeting at Confederation Park at 10 a.m. Its unclear how long the demonstration will disrupt traffic.
The reason we are here is because we are asking the government: whats your plan? Parliament declared a climate emergency in May and since then the silence has been deafening. Rather than silence, we would rather the government listened to the science.
Five Extinction Rebellion protesters were due to appear in court on Friday in connection with disruption to the transport network during the Thursday morning rush hour.
Picture taken with permission from the Twitter feed of @ChrisChrysanth2 showing Extinction Rebellion protesters on the roof of an Underground train surrounded by angry commuters at Canning Town station in east London
British Transport Police (BTP) said Mark Ovland, 36, from Keinton Mandeville in Somerset, was charged with breaching his bail conditions when he allegedly disrupted a Jubilee line train at Canning Town station in east London at about 6.45am.
Ovland is due to appear before magistrates at Highbury Corner later. He was arrested alongside another man, a 35-year-old from Filton in South Gloucestershire, who was arrested on suspicion of obstructing the railway. The unnamed man has been released on bail.
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Four other people will appear at the same court charged in connection with an incident at Shadwell station, east London, on the Docklands Light Railway.
A Lewisham man was amongst the Extinction Rebellion activists arrested yesterday after one was dragged to the ground from the top of a rush-hour Tube.
The BTP said they were Margreit Bos, 32, of Chartham in Kent; Martin Newell, 52, of Sparkhill in Birmingham; Philip Kingston, 83, of Patchway in Bristol; and Sue Parfitt, 77, of Henbury in Bristol.
Two other men, aged 32 and from Lewisham and Kingston upon Hull, were arrested at Stratford station on suspicion of obstructing the railway, BTP said. They have been released on bail.
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The climate change activists who shut down Vancouver’s Burrard Bridge for more than 12 hours last Monday have plans to disrupt traffic once again on Friday.
Extinction Rebellion describes itself as an “international movement that uses non-violent civil disobedience in an attempt to halt mass extinction and minimize the risk of social collapse.”
Extinction Rebellion Vancouver says it will hold a “snake march” through the downtown core to highlight the urgency of action on climate change.
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The group says the protests are necessary because time is running out. Were almost at the point of no return. The governments are doing nothing. Businesses are doing nothing.
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“We will be snake marching through downtown with signs, songs and love for our planet,” according to a post on the group’s Facebook page.
Controversial protesters the exception to the rule, says Extinction Rebellion spokesperson
“There is no planned route – it will be up to the rebels marching on the day to decide where we are going!”
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Protesters plan to gather at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza at the intersection of Hamilton and Georgia streets at 4:30 p.m.
About 100 people have indicated they are attending, while about 350 more have indicated they are “interested.”
Extinction Rebellion has been engaged in protests in cities around the world, including a weeks-long initiative in London, England.
Extinction Rebellion occupy Oxford Street in latest stunt
Protesters say they have three demands of government: telling the truth about the urgency of climate change, cutting greenhouse gasses to net-zero by 2025, and creating a citizens assembly to lead climate action.
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The International Panel on Climate Change’s latest forecast says the world needs to limit global warming to 1.5 C to prevent the most severe impacts of rising sea level and temperature, as well as species loss and extinction.
Vancouver police eventually moved in around 10 p.m. and officers arrested 11 people who refused orders to clear the deck.
Police defended their approach, which was more tolerant than that of their counterparts in Halifax and Toronto, where officers arrested members of coinciding protests much earlier in the day.
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The VPD says it will be monitoring Friday’s protest and does not anticipate any problems arising from demonstrators.
“The VPD do have plans in place to deal with situations that may arise,” spokesperson Sgt. Aaron Roed said in an email.