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Wigan climate change protestor arrested at Extinction Rebellion demonstration in London

Members of the Extinction Rebellion march to the Macdonald Bridge tolls in Dartmouth on Oct. 7 2019 Members of the Extinction Rebellion march to the Macdonald Bridge tolls in Dartmouth on Oct. 7 2019
Deanna Wagner | 09 October, 2019, 14:04

Julie Hotchkiss, a senior NHS worker from Appley Bridge, was taken into custody by police in Westminster on Tuesday morning.

Protests are expected to spread across dozens of cities, including Delhi and NY, in the days and weeks ahead as activists call for urgent action on global climate and wildlife emergencies.

Police Minister Ryan reportedly wrote to Parliament's Legal Affairs Committee to fast-track the laws, which would see protestors face as many as two years jail if they use "dangerous devices" like drums with concrete and locks that could be used on bridges and roads. This is Lizzy Mansfield, one of the protesters.

Julie was one of several local activists who spoke to Wigan Today about their reasons for joining in the action, speaking of her concern about declining wildlife numbers and the need for urgent action for the future of the planet.

The protesters, who are a part of the group Extinction Rebellion, said they made a decision to occupy the bridge as part of a broader movement.

London police have made almost 500 arrests as climate-change protesters, labelled "uncooperative crusties" by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, continue two weeks of civil disobedience to push for more to be done to protect the environment.

Extinction Rebellion, also known as XR, said the mass protests will go on for two weeks.

Climate change activists block a road during the Extinction Rebellion protest in Vienna, Austria, October 7, 2019.

Over in Madrid, the climate activists blocked roads and staged a sit-in.

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Fifty people were arrested in Amsterdam after they erected a tent camp on the main road outside the Rijksmuseum, the Dutch national museum.

"We all share an interest in climate protection, and the Paris climate targets are our standard in this", Helge Braun, the chief of staff for German Chancellor Angela Merkel, told ZDF television.

In Amsterdam, police were lining up empty city buses to take the arrested demonstrators away as they tried to clear a major thoroughfare in the afternoon. Now, as evidence of the climate crisis escalates, it is becoming the new norm.

At least nine people have been arrested, they said.

But human rights advocates said the regulations could erode the public's right to peaceful protest.

These Parisian activists have been occupying this central position, a few hundred metres from the Paris police prefecture, where a ceremony was organized on Tuesday in honour of the victims of last week's massacre, in the presence of Emmanuel Macron. They also built temporary shelters or held impromptu concerts and workshops in a good-natured atmosphere.

Protestors covered in fake blood are arrested by the NYPD around the Wall Street Bull during an Extinction Rebellion demonstration in NY on October 7,2019.

In April, the group held a large demonstration in London that brought major routes in the city to a standstill.