More than 100 people arrested in London climate change protests

Climate change protest Extinction Rebellion to block traffic at Parliament Square, Marble Arch, Oxford Circus, Waterloo Bridge and Piccadilly Circus

Environmental activists block central London roads

"In London, people are willing to be arrested and to stay".

A huge climate change demonstration has got underway in London with protesters blocking roads and causing "criminal damage" in a deliberate attempt to get arrested.

CNN noted, "Extinction Rebellion, which launched late previous year with climate protests that shut down five London bridges, made headlines earlier this month when members of the group disrupted a Brexit debate in Parliament with a nude demonstration".

Extinction Rebellion said: "We've tried petitions, marches, letters, reports, papers, meetings, even direct actions; and global emissions have continued to rise".

"Suddenly, what Extinction Rebellion has done is actually say: 'we are doing this.' And the state is so weak through austerity that they can't stop us".

"They can change a few of the laws along with the Paris agreement so that we can really work towards achieving a practical target. We have to go on to a war footing".

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The group has called on the United Kingdom government to reduce carbon emissions to zero by 2025 and establish a citizens' assembly to devise an emergency plan of action to tackle climate breakdown and biodiversity loss. "We wish to make peace with ourselves by making peace with our neighbour Earth and with our God". Organisers are also expecting thousands of people to converge upon Marble Arch and Piccadilly Circus in action that could last for two weeks. They plan to engage in acts of non-violent civil disobedience against governments in capital cities around the world.

Today will see people in at least 80 cities in more than 33 countries hold similar demonstrations on the same environmental issues, campaigners said.

A spokeswoman for The Royal Parks said Extinction Rebellion had not asked for permission to begin the protest in the park and that camping is not allowed.

Emergency services have been made aware of the plans, said the group.

Police have advised Londoners to leave extra time for their journeys because of possible delays caused by the protest.

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