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Climate activists arrested for disrupting London’s biggest concrete supplier

LONDON (Reuters) – Six climate activists were arrested on Tuesday after the Extinction Rebellion group disru..

By admin , in England , at July 16, 2019

LONDON (Reuters) – Six climate activists were arrested on Tuesday after the Extinction Rebellion group disrupted London Concrete, the British capitals biggest supplier of ready-mixed concrete which supplies a major road tunnel project under the River Thames.

Dozens of activists holding a banner saying “The air that we grieve” blocked entrances to the site in east London in an attempt to halt the expansion of the works.

“Concrete has a huge environmental impact and building another tunnel will only make air pollution across East London worse,” said Eleanor McAree, 25, from Extinction Rebellion.

“Air pollution is already at dangerous levels and is affecting the health of children and adults in the area.”

Police said the protest had prevented companies in the area from going about their business and officers had arrested six people aged between 30 and 67 on suspicion of aggravated trespassing and obstruction of a highway.

The activists had since left the area, police added.

London Concrete is a unit of Franco-Swiss group LafargeHolcim. The Silvertown Tunnel under the Thames will link the Greenwich Peninsula and Silvertown.

Extinction Rebellion wants non-violent civil disobedience to force governments to cut carbon emissions and avert a climate crisis it says will bring starvation and social collapse.

On Monday it sought to sow chaos in five British cities as part of what it says is a “summer uprising”.

“We absolutely recognise the right for people to protest however we will continue to take action against those who choose to break the law, to ensure disruption to Londoners is kept to a minimum,” Commander Jane Connors said.

“We are aware that protesters are expected to target the construction industry this Read More – Source