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Number of Arrests in London's Climate 'Rebellion' Rally Surpasses 400 – Police

© AFP 2021 / Tolga AKMENPolice carry away a climate change activist protesting at Oxford Circus on the third day of an environmental protest by the Extinction Rebellion group, in London on April 17, 2019.
Police carry away a climate change activist protesting at Oxford Circus on the third day of an environmental protest by the Extinction Rebellion group, in London on April 17, 2019. - Sputnik International
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The number of protesters arrested by the UK Metropolitan Police in the ongoing environmental rally in central London has climbed to 428, the police said on Thursday.

"Arrest update: As of 0930 this morning, 428 arrests have been made in relation to #ExtinctionRebellion London," the police wrote on Twitter.

READ MORE: Man Glues Himself to Train as Extinction Rebellion Spreads in London

On Wednesday, the police informed about over 300 arrests. The activists have been mainly arrested on suspicion of blocking traffic on London’s key highways during rush hours and property damage, including the one done to the Royal Dutch Shell’s headquarters building.

Demonstrators on Westminster Bridge in London, Saturday Nov. 17, 2018, for a protest group called 'Extinction Rebellion' to raise awareness of the dangers posed by climate change. Hundreds of protesters turned out in central London and blocked off the capital’s main bridges to demand the government take climate change seriously - Sputnik International
Climate Activists Block Central London in ‘Rebellion’ Protests - Organizers
Since Monday, London has been gripped by climate change rallies organized by environmental organization Extinction Rebellion. The protesters plan to continue their action round the clock for the next two weeks, demanding that the government address what they describe as an "ecological emergency."

The police, meanwhile, keeps urging the demonstrators to restrict their actions to the Marble Arch only to prevent further disruption as protesters take over the busiest spots in the UK capital.

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