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London bridges blocked by environment protest, 70 arrested

LONDON (Reuters) – British police said they arrested much more than 70 people with an environmental protest on Saturday, after demonstrators blocked five bridges over the River Thames in central London.

Organizers from the ‘Extinction Rebellion’ event said they wanted to put pressure on Britain’s government to adopt greater action to slow our planets atmosphere and eliminate greenhouse gas emissions by 2025.

The protest centered for a variety of hours on Westminster Bridge, near Britain’s parliament, but there’s also disruption to traffic on four other bridges.

Hundreds of men and women protested near Westminster, carrying banners with messages including “Stop Climate Breakdown”, “Fossil Fuel Era Over” and “Rebel For Life”.

“It becomes an act of mass civil disobedience. This can be a beginning of a global rebellion protesting lacking action over the ecological crisis,” one organizer, Gail Bradbrook, told reporters.

Police said demonstrators had mostly been charged with obstructing the highway, together with no immediate specifics of charges or count of protesters.

Organizers said in excess of 6,000 people have been involved.

“The demonstration is a primary affect others across London who wants to begin their daily business – and (stopped) the emergency services from using the bridges to journey around London,” police superintendent Waheed Khan said right before the bridges reopened.

Britain reduced greenhouse gas emissions by over 40 percent between 1990 and 2016, plus the government has devoted to an absolute decrease in 80 % by 2050.

The Extinction Rebellion campaigners are with emissions being reduced to zero at a net basis by 2025.

(Reporting by Peter Nicholls, writing by David Milliken, editing by Ros Russell)

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