Climate-change protesters disrupt London docklands train service

The road is blocked by demonstrators during a climate protest at Marble Arch in London Tuesday

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Almost 300 people have been arrested so far this week after campaigners blocked some of the capital's most iconic locations, many camping in tents on the streets.

Nearly 300 arrests were made in the first two days of the protest.

Below them a bearded demonstrator wearing a hi-vis vest glued his hand to the train window before being removed by officers and arrested. There are now four roadblocks continuing after Picadilly Circus was reopened to traffic.

Wi-Fi at Tube stations has been disabled in a bid to stop campaigners intent on disrupting services co-ordinating their protest.

In a statement posted on their website, Extinction Rebellion said they would "nonviolently disrupt Tube services to highlight the emergency of ecology collapse".

"I protested myself a few weeks ago campaigning and lobbying for the British people to have a final say on whether we should stay in the European Union, and be given the option on what Parliament has voted for".

"We're working closely with the police to manage the impact of disruption to London's transport network", a Transport for London representative told The Guardian. "We will restore access as soon as we are able to do so".

Police have said 290 people had been arrested in connection with the demonstrations, with many of these at Waterloo Bridge.

On Tuesday, Supt Colin Wingrove, of the Metropolitan police, confirmed a section 14 order was in place and called on the protesters to leave Waterloo Bridge, Oxford Circus and Parliament Square but they could continue their demonstration at Marble Arch.

The mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said that while he shared the passion of the protesters about the urgent need to tackle climate change, he was "extremely concerned" about plans to disrupt the underground.

"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", Khan said.

The protests, led by British climate group Extinction Rebellion, brought parts of central London to a standstill again on Tuesday.

"Intentional arrests for criminal damage allow Extinction Rebellion to take this core strategy into the courts", the group said in a statement on Monday. We speak to Clare Farrell, one of the co-founders of the environmental action group Extinction Rebellion, and Farhana Yamin, worldwide environmental lawyer who helped draft the landmark 2015 Paris Agreement.

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