The road is blocked by protesters during a climate protest at Marble Arch in London, Tuesday, April 16, 2019. The Extinction Rebellion Group calls for a week of civil disobedience to what is said is the lack of addressing the causes of climate change.
[AP659007] In addition to the furious Londoners, the protest methods were criticized by leftist mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, who said that while he believes climate change should be tackled, he was "extremely concerned" about the disturbances.
"Getting more people to use public transport is crucial and we need to go cycling to tackle this climate climate – and millions of Londoners rely on the underground network to get about their daily lives in our city, "he tweeted.
"Targeted public transport in this way would only harm the cause of all of us who want to tackle climate change, and risk the security of Londoners, and I would ask anyone to consider doing so again."
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The militant protesters also glued their hands to the train carriages as they highlighted their success in causing chaos in the capital, pro-authorized the authorities to turn off the public Wi-Fi system of the transport system to stop them from coordinating actions, reported Daily Mail.
Some commuters said the protest was "ridiculous" because it only forced commuters to use their cars instead of using significantly more environmentally friendly subway.
Police officers speak to protesters under a truck during a bourgeois disobedience event to block the Waterloo Bridge in London, Wednesday, April 17, 2019. The Extinction Rebellion Group calls for a week of civil disobedience to what stands, the lack of address the causes of climate change.
Transport disturbances have reported having hit 500,000 people over the past few days, while high street retailers say they lost about $ 12 million in revenue over the last two days due to the protests.
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Farhana Yamin, a protest arrested on Tuesday, apologized to Londoners on BBC Radio 4, but insisted that such actions be justified.
"I totally apologize to people who use public transport. But at the same time, we must take actions that are disruptive so everyone understands the dangers we are facing right now," she said.
"I'm not somebody going out and disturbing and being arrested for no reason whatsoever. But I feel that people should understand that we are at a critical moment in the history of our humanity."