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17th Oct 2019

Arrests made as Extinction Rebellion protestors climb onto trains in London

Dave Hanratty

Extinction Rebellion London underground protests

Furious commuters dragged protestors from a train on Thursday morning.

British Transport Police have made several arrests following the latest demonstration from Extinction Rebellion protestors in London.

Having been banned from carrying out actions across the city on Wednesday by London Metropolitan Police, protestors nonetheless gathered at London Underground stations on Thursday morning, causing significant disruption.

Footage posted on social media by ITV News reporter Holly Collins depicts angry scenes at Canning Town station as commuters threw items and physically dragged a protestor from the roof of a grounded train.

Protestors had climbed atop the train with a banner that read:

“Business As Usual = Death”.

British Transport Police have been working quickly to resume services, attending related incidents at Canning Town, Statford and Shadwell stations.

“Four arrests have so far been made at the obstruction incidents at Stratford and Canning Town on the Jubilee Line,” said an official statement.

“We remain at Shadwell DLR station, where specialist teams are working to remove four other protesters.

“At this time we have three separate incidents involving #ExtinctionRebellion protest action at Stratford, Canning Town and Shadwell.

“Arrests have already been made and officers are working to quickly resume services.”

Previously, British Transport Police urged protestors to reconsider their plans, stating that additional officers would be deployed to quash demonstrations.

“Those who are responsible for unlawfully disrupting the network can expect to be arrested for obstructing the railway, a very serious offence which could lead to imprisonment,” they noted.

Extinction Rebellion has yet to issue an official comment on the matter.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has condemned the protestors, positing that their “illegal action is extremely dangerous” in a statement issued on Thursday morning.

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