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    London police remove a protester who had glued himself to the window of a DLR train at Canary Wharf station on the third day of an environmental protest launched by Extinction Rebellion (File)

    Extinction Rebellion Activists Disrupt London Underground Services - Video

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    On 7 October, activists from the Extinction Rebellion movement kicked off a two-week environmental protest, pledging to block streets in the biggest cities across the world.

    Rail services in the east of London have been disrupted by three separate incidents involving the ongoing Extinction Rebellion protest, British Transport Police said in a statement on Thursday.

    “Arrests have already been made and officers are working to quickly resume services,” the statement said, singling out incidents at Shadwell, Stratford and Canning Town, near London's Canary Wharf financial district.

    The arrests came after Extinction Rebellion activists blocked a major intersection in London’s financial district earlier this week as the movement signalled its readiness to "disrupt the system bankrolling the environmental crisis”.

    Since last week, Extinction Rebellion activists have been blocking streets and bridges in major cities of the United Kingdom, Canada, Spain, Italy, Germany, and others by lying down or sitting, often in tents, in order to disrupt traffic.

    Earlier, Sky News reported that Princess Marie-Esmeralda of Belgium had been arrested in London during climate change demonstrations.

    Shortly after, a document showing that the princess was released from Camden police station "without charge" appeared online on Twitter

    In recent months, the Extinction Rebellion movement has been actively staging demonstrations trying to bring the public's attention to global warming, which they call a "climate emergency".​

    Established in the UK in May 2018, "Extinction Rebellion" is an environmental pressure group which uses civil disobedience to pressure governments to act more diligently to tackle climate change and environmental protection, with the declared long-term objective of completely eliminating greenhouse gas emissions by 2025.

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