Yesterday (23 August), thousands of people descended upon central London for the first day of Extinction Rebellion’s “Impossible Rebellion”. The rebellion marks the fourth iteration of the group’s extended periods of civil disobedience and action on climate change since they launched in October 2018, and is due to take place over two weeks.
Crowds gathered in Trafalgar Square yesterday to hear speeches from activists and organisers before marching through the streets. As they did so, a separate group of activists arrived in Covent Garden, setting up a four-metre high pink table, blocking one of the area’s busiest junctions. In a press release the group stated that the structure, which was painted with the words “come to the table” and included sleeping quarters, was “set to be the centerpiece of Extinction Rebellion’s Crisis Talks, the first, crucial part of the Rebellion, where the group intends to engage with the general public about the climate and ecological emergency and invite everyone to come to the table to discuss where humanity must go next.”
Activists locked themselves to the table and glued chairs to the road. Following the implementation of conditions on the protest via section 14 of the public order act by the police, officers moved in to start making arrests to try and clear the road.
According to the Metropolitan Police, as of 10:15pm last night 52 arrests had been made. Photographer Aiyush Pachnada was there to capture the action.
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