Climate-change protesters disrupt London docklands train service

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Williams, who started an Extinction Rebellion branch in Aberystwyth, Wales, added that the group's non-violent demonstrations were inspired by civil rights giants like "Martin Luther King, Gandhi and the Suffragettes".

The police have ordered the protesters to confine themselves to a zone within Marble Arch, a space at the junction of Hyde Park, the Oxford Street main shopping thoroughfare and the Park Lane street of plush hotels.

Below them a bearded demonstrator wearing a hi-vis vest glued his hand to the train window before being removed by officers and arrested.

Climate change activists block Parliament Square during the Extinction Rebellion protest in London, Britain April 17, 2019. Transport for London responded by disabling Wi-Fi in subways at the request of the British Transport Police. Within minutes of the action, Transport for London's website reported "delays between Bank and Lewisham due to a customer incident at Canary Wharf".

The group has blocked four main traffic arteries in central London since Monday, and on Wednesday it began a day of "light" disruption of the city's overground network.

The group called on activists to "bring a pause to transport" in the British capital Wednesday. "As with a labor strike, economic disruption is key in forcing the government to come to the table and negotiate our demands".

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London Mayor Sadiq Khan said in a statement that while he's sympathetic to the environmental movement, the effort to disrupt public transportation is counter-productive. Many bus routes have been disrupted, to the frustration of commuters.

The protests have cost over 12 million pounds ($16-million) to businesses in London's West End, famous for its theatres and shops, with some seeing a 25 per cent drop in sales and footfall.

"We expect demonstrations to continue throughout the coming weeks", the police statement said.

It is calling on the United Kingdom government to reduce carbon emissions to zero by 2025 and establish a citizens' assembly to devise an emergency plan of action to tackle climate breakdown and biodiversity loss.

"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.

In 2017, total United Kingdom greenhouse gas emissions were 43 per cent lower than in 1990 and 2.6 per cent lower than 2016, according to government statistics.

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