Climate change protesters block roads in London

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The demonstration was organised by an worldwide group called Extinction Rebellion which hopes that it will "bring London to a standstill for up to two weeks".

Extinction Rebellion (XR), an environmentalist group responsible for causing scenes in the House of Commons earlier this month when semi-naked activists stripped off in Parliament as MPs tried to debate Brexit, claim they intend to occupy the roads for at least 72 hours.

Extinction Rebellion said it intentionally caused more than 6,000 pounds ($7,800) of damage to Shell's office by breaking a revolving door, spray-painting "lies" across the building and climbing the scaffolding to put up a banner saying "Shell Knows".

Thousands of environmental activists will descend on London today in a bid to disrupt some of the capital's busiest areas and to pressure the Government into declaring a climate emergency.

The blockades continued throughout the day but as darkness fell officers moved in and began to arrest people on Waterloo Bridge in an effort to clear it.

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Environmental protesters smashed the windows of oil company Shell's headquarters in London and several people have been arrested. In the letter, they warn they would escalate their disruptive actions over the coming days and weeks unless the government acts. "In the majority world, indigenous communities are now on the brink of extinction.

We wish to make peace with ourselves by making peace with our neighbour Earth and with our God", he said. "We must act now".

Extinction Rebellion said: "The global rebellion begins and Extinction Rebellion will be bringing London to a standstill for up to two weeks".

The group expects thousands of protesters to converge on Marble Arch, Oxford Circus, Waterloo Bridge, Piccadilly Circus and Parliament Square.

London's police have advised people travelling around London in the coming days to allow extra time for their journey in the event of road closures and general disruption. "We're just going to get bigger and more annoying until the government speaks to us".

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