Climate-change protesters disrupt London docklands train service

The road is blocked by demonstrators during a climate protest at Marble Arch in London Tuesday

There are now four roadblocks continuing after Picadilly Circus was reopened to traffic. Thousands have taken part in the movement, which calls for urgent action to fight humans' warming of the Earth's atmosphere.

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"Targeting public transport in this way would only damage the cause of all of us who want to tackle climate change, as well as risking Londoners' safety". One placard read: "Rebel for Life".

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Passengers were not informed about the decision to turn off the network, and many travellers wrongly attributed the disruption to conventional technical faults.

The protests, led by British climate group Extinction Rebellion, brought parts of central London to a standstill again on Tuesday.

The DLR is now only running minor delays, according to Transport for London.

"We need to ensure we are striking the right balance between allowing the right to a peaceful protest, while ensuring disruption to communities is kept to a minimum", Chief Superintendent Colin Wingrove said on Tuesday.

Activist Katy Fowler, 39, from Machynlleth in Wales, said reaction from the public had been very positive. Organisers said protests had taken place or were planned in 80 cities across 33 countries - from India to Australia, and around Europe and the US.

Travel disruption has been reported at a busy commuter station in London as a third consecutive day of protesting over climate change has got underway.

Activists had been told they must confine any demonstrations to the Marble Arch area, and police were taking action against protesters in other locations.

Extinction Rebellion, which generated headlines with a semi-nude protest in the House of Commons earlier this month, is demanding the government reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2025.

"We so far have 55 bus routes closed and 500,000 people affected as a result", the police said.



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