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 states that all around the world cities are organizing under the banner of this decentralized movement, preparing for another full-scale international rebellion in late September and October.
“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.
“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.
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.
Extinction Rebellion Ottawa is holding a "peaceful and joyful seizure of the Laurier bridge" Friday by preventing motorists from entering the road.
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.
The group will meet at Confederation Park at 10 a.m. and make their way over to the Laurier bridge shortly after that.
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.
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“The VPD do have plans in place to deal with situations that may arise,” spokesperson Sgt. Aaron Roed said in an email.
OTTAWA – Dozens of climate activists blocked traffic on the Laurier Avenue Bridge in downtown Ottawa on Friday.
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As of the noon hour, the Laurier Avenue Bridge is closed along with left-turning lanes from Nicholas Street to Laurier Avenue.
Demonstrators with Extinction Rebellion are calling it a Bridge Out protest, and they are using an Act Now sign to block the bridge. It is unclear how long the demonstration will disrupt traffic.
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Extinction Rebellion is a global environmental movement that aims to use civil disobedience to call upon government action. In recent weeks, protests have blocked roads, bridges and airports in cities around the world.
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