Police in the UK have taken pre-emptive action against environmental protesters to prevent a plan to disrupt Westminster, Reuters reported on Saturday October 5th.
The cautionary actions involved arresting ten climate change activists ahead of a planned new round of Extinction Rebellion protests on Monday, October 7th. They used a battering ram to break down a door and raid a building where activists had been storing equipment to use in a demonstration next week.
"Pre-emptive arrests are taking place at one of our warehouses for conspiracy to obstruct highways, even if people didn't intend to join the rebellion," Extinction Rebellion said on Twitter on Saturday, according to CNBC.
Some of the activists said they felt optimistic about the authorities' response, saying that it has shown that they consider the Extinction Rebellion to be a "significant movement". Among those arrested were seven women and three men held on suspicion of conspiracy to cause a public nuisance.
Calls for donations began to replace the material seized on Saturday. Activists asked the government "to focus their attention and resources on responding to the climate and ecological emergency which threatens us all" if they genuinely seek to help.
Early in April, the country witnessed one of the largest ever environmental demonstrations, disrupting public transport and roads throughout London. Last Thursday, environmental activists sprayed 3,500 pints of fake blood outside Her Majesty's Treasury in London using an out-of-service fire engine and holding up a banner reading “Stop Funding Climate Death”, according to Metro.