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Extinction Rebellion chaos has cost London £12m

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The chaos that climate change protesters from Extinction Rebellion (XR) has thus far cost London businesses more than £12m.

On their third day of chaos a man glued his hand to a tube train window, police were quick to prise his hand off the window and arrested him.

At Docklands Light Railway and man and a woman dressed in suits climbed on top of a train, they said they are staging a “peaceful protest.”

XR are deliberately bringing the capitals transport to a standstill, they are calling it “the pause” as they are trying to get the public to think about the effects of climate change.

At a time when retailers are getting hit climate change activists are not helping, as footfall and store takings are down by 25%. The New West End Company have called on the police to “take control of the situation.

When has it become so appropriate for this type of activity and behaviour to become allowed, many travelling to work are suffering as well as businesses and retailers.

Sefan White, 24 who was trying to get to work said to the Evening Standard, “I’m devastated. I’m trying to get to a job now. We’ve got to go round Camden on a 30-pub journey and we’re going to be late now. We’re probably going to lose money today.

“They’ve had their picture, fair enough, that’s all you need now. Why is he spending 15 minutes on top of the tube? Explain that.”

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.”

Matt Allingham, Superintendent of British Transport Police said, “We will not tolerate any activity which disrupts the millions of passengers who rely on using the rail network in London.”




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