Environment protester attacked after London train-top protest

Attempt to halt London’s transport network is the latest protest in global campaign by Extinction Rebellion

Extinction Rebellion climate change protesters demonstrate during a rally in Trafalgar Square despite a police ban. AP
Extinction Rebellion climate change protesters demonstrate during a rally in Trafalgar Square despite a police ban. AP

An environmental protester was dragged from the top of London underground train and set on by commuters in a backlash against a high-profile campaign to highlight the damage of global climate change.

Protesters used ladders to climb on top of trains to disrupt services during peak travel period in the UK capital, sparking an angry reaction from commuters left stranded on the platforms.

One man holding a sign “Business as usual = death” was dragged from the roof by his ankles and then set on before staff and other commuters moved in to defend him, footage on social media showed.

Other protesters glued themselves to trains during the protest at three different stations on the London network. Police said they had arrested four people connected to the protest.

“We continue to urge protesters to not target the London underground network,” said police in a statement. “This is dangerous, not only for protesters but for commuters.”

Police have imposed a ban on Extinction Rebellion protests, a move that prompted a protest by London mayor Sadiq Khan.

He wrote on Twitter that he has asked police “to find a away for those who want to protest the climate emergency to be able to do so legally and peacefully in London.”

The latest wave of protests has seen more than 1,600 protesters arrested with the ban failing to halt the demonstrations.

The environmental group had planned to stage two weeks of protests, which began on October 7 as part of an “international rebellion”.

Published: October 17, 2019 01:04 PM

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