Activists vow to continue protests until the weekend as police complain of high cost

Politicians, civil rights campaigners and environmentalists have condemned the police crackdown on Extinction Rebellion (XR) protests, saying the London-wide ban was “chilling and unlawful”.

The attempt to end the week-long demonstrations began when hundreds of police officers cleared protesters from Trafalgar Square on Monday night. It came as the Metropolitan police issued a revised section 14 order stating “any assembly linked to the Extinction Rebellion ‘Autumn Uprising’ … must now cease their protests within London (MPS and City of London Police Areas)”.

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