Climate change protesters have entered their second week, and activists have been living in trees at Parliament Square for the last eight days.
On Tuesday morning a few hundred Extinction Rebellion (XR) protesters left Marble Arch and headed to Parliament Square to deliver letters to MPs inviting them to a citizen’s assembly over the climate crisis.
In a statement XR said, “Extinction Rebellion activists remain in occupation of Parliament Square trees.
“The brave activists have lived in the trees for eight days even as the rest of the square was cleared, to highlight government inaction on global extinction and climate emergency.
“We have several a climbers living in the trees in Parliament Square to make clear our commitment and the risks we are prepared to take to ensure that we have a future.”
XR further said that “all they’ve had is silence” from Theresa May, however the prime minister like all MPs have been on Easter recess.
Despite protesters swarming on Parliament Square Scotland Yard has said they have a “robust” policing plan, and protesters must leave the designated area by 11:59pm on Tuesday.
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Scotland Yard warned, “Any organiser or person taking part in the protest failing to comply with these conditions or inciting others not to comply with them will be committing an offence and will be liable to arrest.”
The Yard added, “A robust policing plan will be in place for the demonstration.”
By 10pm on Monday the Metropolitan Police said they have arrested 1,065 people and 53 of those were charged.
The mayor of London, Sadiq Khan said the protests are taking “a real toll” on businesses and the police.
The mayor said, “I’m extremely concerned about the impact the protests are having on our ability to tackle issues like violent crime if they continue any longer.”