Climate change protestors are allegedly to target London’s tube network, it has been claimed that they will glue their hands to trains in a bid to cripple the tube network.
The climate change campaign group said they are planning a “non-violently disrupt London Underground services to highlight the emergency of ecological collapse” if the British government does meet with them.
Extinction Rebellion said on Tuesday, “Participants will peacefully break the law in order to stop the Tube and then will wait to be arrested.
“We sincerely apologise to all those who may suffer as a consequence of this disruption. In any other circumstances we would never dream of disrupting the Tube, but this is an emergency.
“We request that workers do not intervene in the protests to ensure that they go as smoothly and safely as possible for all involved.”
On Wednesday the Met Police turned off the Tubes wi-fi to prevent activists from co-ordinating, posting live pictures and video.
British Transport Police said, “In the interests of safety and to prevent and deter serious disruption to the London Underground network, British Transport Police has taken the decision to restrict passenger wi-fi connectivity at Tube stations.”
Farhana Yamin, protester and climate lawyer, who was arrested on Tuesday, told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, “I totally want to apologise to people who have been using public transport… but at the same time we need to take actions that are disruptive and the reason for that is to make sure that everyone understands the dangers we are facing now.
“It’s taken reluctantly but I feel that people should understand that we are at such a critical moment in humanity’s history.
“I think it’s an opportunity for people who are affected to maybe take a pause in their lives and to think what have we come to at this point that people are taking this kind of action, why is this necessary?”
David Frost, chief executive of London Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) said, “The London Underground is vital to the everyday lives of the capital’s residents, businesses, commuters and tourists alike.
“It is one of the world’s leading mass transportation systems, keeping cars off the roads and helping reduce carbon emissions. Disrupting it in order to send a message about climate change seems to very much miss the point.
“London’s businesses, and I believe most Londoners, will be hoping that the activists behind this threat decide instead to get their views across in a way which does not cause disarray.”
Sadiq Kahn posted his response on Twitter.
READ: My statement on tomorrow’s planned protests by Extinction Rebellion in London:
— Sadiq Khan (@SadiqKhan) April 16, 2019