After supporters of imprisoned Insulate Britain campaigners block a central London bridge, 30 people have been arrested.
Up to 250 people took part in a sit-down demonstration after marching from London’s Royal Courts of Justice, which closed Lambeth Bridge.
During a march in support of nine imprisoned Insulate Britain campaigners, a major bridge in central London was closed.
Up to 250 people marched from London’s Royal Courts of Justice on Saturday afternoon, blocking Lambeth Bridge in full view of a large police presence.
The Metropolitan Police said the traffic diversion was “for the safety of all.” Uniformed officers stood at the scene as traffic was diverted.
Police urged the remaining protesters to leave on Saturday evening.
The demonstration resulted in the arrest of thirty people.
“Lambeth Bridge has now been reopened,” the Met Police said, referring to the protest’s Public Order Act conditions.
For violating S14 conditions, 30 arrests were made.”
The group has “no identified organiser” and “warm clothing, food, and seats,” according to the Met, and could face arrest if they do not leave.
“We have put conditions under the Public Order Act for a protest at Lambeth Bridge and request all protestors leave the bridge,” said a Met Police tweet earlier.
An offshoot protest at (hashtag)Vauxhall Cross is also being dealt with by officers.”
The protesters delivered speeches, sang songs, ate lunch, and chanted slogans.
By 4 p.m., when a large group of protesters moved off the bridge, Scotland Yard said there had been no arrests.
Earlier, cheers erupted as campaigners told the crowd that the nine Insulate Britain climate activists who have been imprisoned are “political prisoners” who will not be the last to be imprisoned.
The nine protesters were sentenced to prison this week for violating an injunction aimed at preventing road blockades that have enraged motorists and others.
Extinction Rebellion said Saturday’s sit-in protest was in solidarity with the at least 34 people who have broken injunctions so far, including those who were arrested this week.
Gabriella Ditton, a 27-year-old animator from Norwich, Norfolk, was one of those who took part in the demonstration on Saturday.
She claims she has been arrested six times while working for Insulate Britain, once for violating the injunction.
“I expect to go to prison at some point,” she said.
UK news summary from Infosurhoy.
After supporters of jailed Insulate Britain campaigners block a central London bridge, 30 people were arrested.
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30 arrested after central London bridge is blocked by supporters of jailed Insulate Britain campaigners