Two environmental activists have climbed onto the roof of a train in London’s Canary Wharf financial district as part of a third day of action to force Britain to take more radical measures to avert climate change.
Other activists from the Extinction Rebellion group also targeted Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, with four of them gluing and chaining themselves to a fence outside his house.
Britain’s Telegraph reported the group said they were supporters of Mr Corbyn but wanted Labour to go further than declaring a “climate emergency”.
The Extinction Rebellion group has ratcheted up its protests in recent weeks, blocking Marble Arch, Oxford Circus and Waterloo Bridge, smashing a door at the Shell building and shocking lawmakers with a semi-nude protest in parliament.
Nearly 300 people have been arrested already this week after campaigners blocked some of the capital’s most famous locations, many camping in tents on the streets.
The group advocates non-violent civil disobedience to force governments to reduce carbon emissions and avert what it says is a global climate crisis that will bring starvation, floods, wildfires and social collapse.
— Chris Packham (@ChrisGPackham) April 17, 2019
A man dressed in a dark suit and a woman wearing a black jacket stood on the roof of a train on Wednesday at the Docklands Light Railway station in Canary Wharf, holding a banner that read: “Climate Emergency. Act Now.”
Some passengers shouted at the pair to get off while police headed for the scene. Another activist glued himself to one of the trains.
British Transport Police said they had arrested one man on suspicion of obstructing the railway.
Extinction Rebellion said such direct action was important to bring about change.
“As with a labour strike, economic disruption is key in forcing the government to come to the table and negotiate our demands,” it said on their website.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan had urged protesters to avoid targeting the city’s public transit system.
“It is absolutely crucial to get more people using public transport, as well as walking and cycling, if we are to tackle this climate emergency,” Mr Khan said.
The protests have cost over 12 million pounds ($A22 million) to businesses in London’s West End, which is famous for its theatres and shops, with some reporting a 25 per cent drop in sales and footfall.