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Johnson tells XR to take ‘their pink boat to Tiananmen Square’

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In as little as a week the police have arrested more than 1,000 Extinction Rebellion (XR) activists as roadblocks were cleared.

Waterloo Bridge was reopened on Sunday night along with Oxford Street and Parliament Square, sanctioned protests are continuing at Marble Arch.

Scotland Yard said that by 10am on Monday a total of 1,065 arrests had been made, 53 people had been charged.

Members of XR said they temporarily ending disruptive tactics in the capital in a bid to focus on an attempt to hold discussion with the government.

XR members will commit to no further disruption in exchange for the mayor of London, Sadiq Khan to speed up the implementation of the Declaration of Climate and Ecological Emergency.

XR will set up a political taskforce to take forward public negotiations with the government, they have warned that if little to no progress is made, they will step up their action.

With more than 1,000 arrests made within just eight days, major roads across London were blocked for a week, and a police operation that has so far cost millions of pounds, how much more action could they take?

Boris Johnson wrote in the Daily Telegraph that he is “not in favour of paralysing public transport in the greatest city on earth.”

He said the UK is a “world leader in reducing the greenhouse gases that are associated with climate change.”

Johnson wrote in the newspaper, “I am not saying for one second that the climate change activists are wrong in their concerns for the planet, and of course there is much more that can be done.

“But the UK is by no means the prime culprit, and may I respectfully suggest to the Extinction Rebellion crew that next Earth Day they look at China, where CO2 output has not been falling, but rising vertiginously.

“Surely this is the time for the protesters to take their pink boat to Tiananmen Square, and lecture them in the way they have been lecturing us.”

The mayor’s office has not said if they are considering XRs proposals.




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