Climate activists threaten to 'shut down' Heathrow Airport on Good Friday

Climate change protesters in Piccadilly Circus

She read a "love letter" to the earth from aboard a pink boat in Oxford Circus, saying: "Gaia is us and we are Gaia".

More than 100 arrests were made on Friday, bringing the total to 682 for the week.

The protest organisers planned at Heathrow Airport yesterday backfired.

The group has pledged to continue causing disruption and holding demonstrations in London until its demands are met.

"We expect our officers to engage with protesters but clearly their actions fall short of the tone of the policing operation at a time when people are frustrated at the actions of the protesters".

Extinction Rebellion organiser Robin Ellis-Cockroft boasted: "We said we'd disrupt Heathrow and we've disrupted Heathrow".

They have blocked some main and busy roads in London, which includes Waterloo Bridge, Oxford Street, Piccadilly Circus and Marble Arch since Monday morning.

The protesters do not resist to arrests and a lot of them are released in a few hours after giving statements at police stations.

But they seemed to have a change of heart.




Home Secretary Sajid Javid said the climate activists had "no right to cause misery" and the Met Police "must take a firm stance".

Scotland Yard said enquiries were taking place to try and identify those involved.

"Protesters can expect a robust police response", Assistant Commissioner Nick Ephgrave said.

More than 1,000 officers are involved in policing the protest.

Officers have also been asked to work 12-hour shifts, while the Violent Crime Task Force has had leave cancelled.

Emma Thompson is speaking out about the dangers faced by our planet, delivering an impassioned speech at the Extinction Rebellion protest held in London's Oxford Circus, one of the city's major traffic intersections.

Extinction Rebellion Ireland are calling on the government to declare a climate emergency.

Speaking from Waterloo Bridge, Dr Gail Bradbrook, a cofounder of the XR group, said demonstrators would continue to act despite the first people being charged over the disruption.

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