Published On: Thu, Oct 17th, 2019

DLR and Jubilee Line chaos: London tube hell after Extinction Rebellion rush-hour protest | UK | News

The activists, who are currently staging two weeks of demonstrations in the capital demanding action on climate change, targeted Stratford, Canning Town and Shadwell during rush hour. Furious commuters took to social media to share pictures and videos of the chaos.

One person tweeted: “Extinction Rebellion sat on trains at Shadwell. You are not giving any sympathy to your cause by stopping people getting to work.”

Two protesters climbed on top of a train at Canning Town Underground Station but they were removed by other commuters before a brawl broke out in chaotic scenes.

A witness tweeted: “One protestor was pulled down and another was pushed down by a passenger who climbed on the train.”

Canning Town was closed following the incident but it has not reopened.

In a post on Twitter, British Transport Police said: “At this time we have three separate incidents involving #ExtinctionRebellion protest action at Stratford, Canning Town and Shadwell.

“Arrests have already been made and officers are working to quickly resume services.

“Please check with @TfL before travelling. Updates to follow.”

It comes after police warned Extinction Rebellion activists not to target the London Underground as part of its planned protests.

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Assistant Chief Constable Sean O’Callaghan said BTP is working with partners to keep disruptions to a minimum.

He said: “We are really disappointed that they have since announced fresh action on the London Underground network.

“The Tube and rail networks are one of the greenest transport methods in London, any action goes against what they campaign for and will only cause misery for London’s commuters.”

BTP is increasing the number of visible patrols across London Underground, the DLR and other rail networks throughout the day to keep the trains moving.

On Wednesday, activists continued to flout the ban with another day of protests which they have been staging in the capital since last Monday.

More than 500 Extinction Rebellion protesters gathered in Trafalgar Square, including Mr Monbiot who was detained by police.

As he was arrested, the Guardian columnist said: “I’m here because this is the right thing to do.

“We have to stand up, we have to make a stand against the destruction of our life support systems.”

Green Party co-leader Jonathan Bartley was also arrested after joining climate change protesters on Whitehall.


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