Extinction Rebellion Tube disruption LIVE: Updates as XR admit London Underground protests which led to violence was 'own goal'

Violent clashes broke out this morning after Extinction Rebellion activists introduced disruption to commuters with a sequence of protests throughout the transport community. 

Police hit out at protesters for “dangerously obstructing” the Jubilee Line and DLR providers by climbing on high of carriages or gluing themselves on trains. 

In one dramatic scene, commuters had been seen dragging an activist from the the highest of a prepare at Canning Town

Police stated officers had engaged with activists to forestall the “disruptive and potentially criminal” demonstration, however XR activists vowed to go forward. 

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Protests exterior the Supreme Court right this moment.

Latest on XR cut up over this morning’s motion. 

Christian Climate Action says a few of its members had been arrested this morning. 


XR London says that “tactical decisions are taken by small groups within the movement, who lead their own actions”.

Sadiq Khan, in a Mayor’s Question Time session, stated the motion by XR right this moment is “a massive burden on our already overstretch police officers”.

Green Party MEP Alexandra Phillips says XR “got it so wrong this morning”. 

She wrote: 

Extinction Rebellion protesters obtained it so incorrect this morning:
– sure to disruption
– however not on public transport
– or focusing on working class communities
Wish they might hold the deal with politicians & the highest of huge firms & banks.


A march is deliberate by XR protesters this afternoon from the Department for Work and Pensions to Trafalgar Square.

Extinction Rebellion UK writes on Twitter: 

This morning numerous XR UK affinity teams are peacefully disrupting the London Underground & DLR as a result of there may be an Emergency. It is an pressing plea for the Government to cease deceptive the British public on the truth all of us face.

A spokesman for the Rail, Maritime and Transport union stated:

RMT condemns any exercise that compromises employees and passenger security on London Underground.

It is RMT members who’ve been caught in the midst of these grossly irresponsible actions.

We name on Extinction Rebellion to name off their protests focusing on the Tube community, which are placing RMT members in a harmful and violent scenario.


Protesters have been faraway from Shadwell. 

Protesters “glued on” to a constructing in Westminster. 

On LBC, a member of XR Fergal McEntee was requested whether or not right this moment’s motion was a “huge own goal”. 

He replied: “Yes, I think so. I agree with you on that.”


Conservative chairman James Cleverly has hit out and London Mayor Sadiq Khan. 

Extinction Rebellion has stated it is not going to be conducting any additional actions involving the London Underground right this moment.

An replace from XR stated: 

 ANTI-ARMS TRADE activists inside and out of doors of XR are concerned in a nationwide day of mass motion at key targets within the arms trade right this moment.


XR says a 77-year-old reverend has been arrested in connection to motion right this moment.

Extinction Rebellion co-founder Clare Farrell defended the Tube motion and stated: “The public, I don’t think, realise quite how serious this situation is.”

Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, she added:

It remains to be peaceable, and it’s nonetheless non-violent.

People did an identical motion in April on the DLR prepare, these folks had been secure.

It makes them susceptible, and that is what individuals are there to do after they put their physique on the road.

There is an unlimited vulnerability that individuals have within the face of local weather and ecological emergency.

A commuter branded the protesters “muppets” as he questioned them over the DLR being electrical powered. 


One protester stated he glued himself to a prepare for his grandchildren. 

He stated: 

I’m simply right here to ring an alarm bell. 

Extinction Rebellion is planning a march from 5.30pm beginning at Tate Modern.

An announcement stated:  

Following the Metropolitan Police’s resolution to ban Extinction Rebellion from the streets of our capital, we’re calling upon all London rebels and mates to be a part of us in a march in defence of our democratic proper to protest the local weather and ecological emergency.

We are going through the best risk to the very survival of life on this planet. This is an emergency, and it calls for motion.

We is not going to be silenced.

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