20:25 GMT14 August 2020
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    Extinction Rebellion activists have been carrying out a so-called disruption campaign across London, blocking traffic in various parts of the city, since 15 April.

    The number of arrests reached 1,065 on 22 April and 53 people have so far been charged amid large-scale Extinction Rebellion environmentalist protests, which have been disrupting the UK capital for almost a week, London's Metropolitan Police Service stated.

    Police "remain in frequent contact with the organisers to ensure that the serious disruption to Londoners is brought to a close as soon as possible and that only lawful and peaceful protests continue", Scotland Yard said in a statement.

    The protesters have mainly been detained on charges of blocking traffic on London's key highways during rush hours and property damage.

    ​READ MORE: New Climate Models Predict Earth Will Get Much Hotter, a Lot Sooner

    Since 15 April, the activists have been moving through London, blocking Waterloo Bridge, Oxford Circus, and Parliament Square. ​The demonstrators have been demanding that politicians take action on climate change.


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