More than 500 arrested as Extinction Rebellion protests continue in London

Extinction Rebellion climate activists protest outside the Bank of England in London
Extinction Rebellion climate activists protest outside the Bank of England in London
Henry Nicholls
Carl Bennett

By Carl Bennett


Published: 04/09/2021

- 21:01

Updated: 14/02/2023

- 11:04

It comes after another wave of demonstrations from Animal Rebellion and Nature Rebellion at Trafalgar Square

More than 500 arrests have been made during Extinction Rebellion’s protests in London.

The Metropolitan Police said as of 6.30pm on Saturday, there have been 508 arrests in the capital since the environmental group began its action – dubbed the Impossible Rebellion – on August 23.


It comes after another wave of demonstrations from Animal Rebellion and Nature Rebellion at Trafalgar Square on the first day of the weekend.

The group – which “stands in solidarity” with Extinction Rebellion – met at the London landmark during the afternoon for its “March For Nature”.

Demonstrators from Animal Rebellion and Nature Rebellion protest in Trafalgar Square in London.
Demonstrators from Animal Rebellion and Nature Rebellion protest in Trafalgar Square in London.
Stefan Rousseau

Protesters could be seen in colourful costumes holding signs such “The Amazon Rainforest Is At Tipping Point”, “Indigenous Emergency” and “Act Now”.

Speeches took place, campaigners chanted, while a large pink octopus creation was paraded around.

Extinction Rebellion also shared clips on social media of campaigners sitting in the road and holding signs to block traffic across the capital.

It comes after Deputy Assistant Commissioner Matt Twist said nearly 2,000 officers have been involved in policing the activists every day.

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