Extinction Rebellion mock the Met Police and post Benny Hill-style video of them evading officers as they set up blockade on Tower Bridge after causing days of chaos in the capital
Extinction Rebellion mocked the Met Police today and posted a Benny Hill-style video of activists evading officers as they blockaded Tower Bridge on the latest day of chaos in the capital.
The protest group boasted about ‘giving [police] the runaround’ after they blocked the iconic bridge with a van and caravan, causing yet more disruption for Londoners.
Speeded-up footage shows police grappling with scruffy members of the rag-tag protest as they ran across the road with chains attached to their arms while frustrated drivers queue up waiting to cross.
Underneath the Twitter post, the Met hit back with a confused face emoji, insisting officers ‘immediately took action’ to deal with the mob.
The force added: ‘Officers were on scene almost immediately. We are working with @CityPolice to get traffic moving again.
Activists also lay down on the junction north of Tower Bridge and attached themselves to a blue van, causing further travel chaos.
In recent days XR activists have managed to shut down Oxford Circus with a giant pink table before drumming and dancing for hours as police watched on, and closed off the main road outside the Science Museum.
Meanwhile, an affiliated group of animal rights activists smeared blood on the Victoria Memorial outside Buckingham Palace as part of their stated aim of achieving a ‘plant-based food system’.
XR today boasted about ‘giving [police] the runaround’ after they blocked Tower Bridge with a van and caravan, causing yet more disruption for Londoners
Speeded-up footage released by the group shows police grappling with scruffy members of the rag-tag protest running across the road with chains attached to their arms as frustrated drivers queue up waiting to cross
Officers haul an activist from the road after XR tried to use chains to block Tower Bridge, one of London’s most iconic landmarks
Underneath the Twitter post, the Met hit back with a confused face emoji, insisting officers ‘immediately took action’ to deal with the mob
Dozens of Met officers formed a cordon around a caravan that Extinction Rebellion activists used to block Tower Bridge today
Extinction Rebellion is currently targeting London as part of its two-week campaign of action, causing widespread disruption for businesses and commuters
An XR activist being hauled away by three officers on Tower Hill, just yards away from Tower Bridge, during this afternoon’s protest
Extinction Rebellion activists dressed in floral aprons and dresses and pushing a tea tray stand on Tower Bridge today
Activists also lay down on the junction north of Tower Bridge and attached themselves to a blue van, causing further disruption
Protesters holding banners reading ‘climate emergency’ walked across London Bridge this afternoon, while another group blocked Tower Bridge
Thousands of Extinction Rebellion protesters gathering at Tower Hill during a series of marches today across central London
Large numbers of police officers accompanied one of the groups of activists as they crossed London Bridge today
The Met Police have been struggling to stop mobs of the protesters bringing chaos to central London during two weeks of action
XR activists holding signs saying ‘spilled by fossil fuels’… ‘the blood of our children’ as they walk towards London Bridge
Police and members of Extinction Rebellion at Tower Hill during their march in central London this afternoon
Crowds of activists massing near London Bridge today. One of the signs reads ‘No Cambo oil field’, referring to a new proposed site in Scotland