Police arrest over 400 in London climate protest

London, Apr 19  : The police have arrested around 400 climate-change protesters after several days of demonstrations in central London.
Three climate activists remanded in custody includes two men and a women who allegedly climbed on top of train at Canary Wharf station and plead not guilty to charges.
The two men and a woman appeared at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court on Thursday morning in relation to the incident during Extinction Rebellion (XR) protests at Canary Wharf station in London the previous day.
According to the Independent, they have not been granted bail and will remain in custody until they are next due to appear at court on 16 May.
The majority of the arrests by the Metropolitan Police Service, have been for suspected breaches of a Section 14 Notice of the Public Order Act 1986.
A “Section 14” is a “direction” that allows the police to impose conditions on a static protest – in other words, one where a group of people gather in one place and stay put – rather than marching somewhere.
In relation to the Extinction Rebellion protests, the Met has stipulated that activists should move to nearby Marble Arch if they wish to continue protesting.
If individuals fail to follow the police instructions, they can be arrested and face the risk of criminal prosecution.
UNI.

 

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