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Over 120 arrests made at London climate change protests

More than 120 climate change activists have been arrested for blocking roads in central London since yesterday.

Thousands joined the protests across London where campaigners blocked roads and vandalised Shell’s headquarters in London.

Shell Action

Photograph: Extinction Rebellion

Most of those arrested have been detained on suspicion of public order offences while some have been held on suspicion of criminal damage at Shell’s headquarters.

Campaigners parked a pink boat at Oxford Circus to represent the threat of rising sea levels and blocked Marble Arch, Piccadilly Circus, Waterloo Bridge and roads around Parliament Square.

Farhana Yamin, a respected climate change lawyer who helped negotiate the Paris Agreement is amongst those arrested.

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Photograph: Extinction Rebellion

The protests have been organised by Extinction Rebellion, a British climate change group. The group has said that demonstrations will take place in 80 cities across 33 countries in the coming days.  

The group wants the UK government to take urgent action on climate breakdown and biodiversity loss.

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