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Newbury Extinction Rebellion members in London for protest

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Extinction Rebellion activists from across the UK converged on London's Covent Garden on Monday and members from Newbury were among those demonstrating against climate change.

Protesters chained themselves together to block one of the area’s busiest junctions, as part of a new series of planned demonstrations targeting London.

One of the Newbury protesters, Lisa Hill, remained stationary in Covent Garden throughout the day in defiance of one-way police cordons, which prevented those leaving the area from returning.

The protest in London on Monday.
The protest in London on Monday.

Mrs Hill said: “As floods, fire and famine break out around the world, it is clear that climate breakdown is here now, and there is no choice left now but to take urgent action.

“Everyone deserves a seat at the table to have a say in how to tackle the greatest crisis of our times.”

Another Newbury activist, Claire Willsher, said: “We just want to highlight the desperate need for climate action by governments, businesses and people across the world.

The protest in London on Monday.
The protest in London on Monday.

“The recent and very important Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change Report is clear that we have nearly run out of time to make a difference.

"I am terrified for our children’s future.”

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