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Police arrest almost 800 Extinction Rebellion activists

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More than 830 Extinction Rebellion climate change activists have now been arrested from various locations across the capital.

The Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick said she has “never known” a single police operation where so many people have been arrested.

The Commissioner vowed that police will continue to make arrests and condemned the “miserable disruption” inflicted on Londoners by the protesters.

Dick added, “I have never – I’ve been a police officer for 36 years – I have never known an operation, a single operation, in which over 700 people have been arrested.

“It shows we are determined, and we will carry on.

“The demonstration has had an impact on the police and Londoners in general. Lots of people have had miserable disruption to their lives.”

Dick told the protesters, “Please go to Marble Arch where you can protest lawfully. Stop your unlawful protests. And if you don’t want to go to Marble Arch, then go home.”

She said that people would be “furious” if the London Marathon was disrupted next Sunday by the Extinction Rebellion activists.

On Thursday a YouGov poll suggested that public opinion had now swung against the Extinction Rebellion climate change protesters.

The survey conducted by YouGov of 3,561 British adults showed 53% either “somewhat oppose” or “strongly oppose” the climate change protesters action.

Compared with just 36% who “strongly support” or in some way “somewhat support” the protests.

However, XR have said almost 50,000 new members have signed up to join the group.




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