Extinction Rebellion activists today stepped up their London protests by targeting the capital's transport network, clambering on top of the carriage of a Docklands Light Railway train to unfurl a banner reading "Climate Emergency".
Thousands of people have taken part in the protests, blockading four landmarks in London in an attempt to force the government to take action on the climate crisis.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan said in a statement that while he's sympathetic to the environmental movement, the effort to disrupt public transportation is counter-productive.
They also shut down the Tube's Wi-Fi network this morning as a preventative measure to stop activists from coordinating between different Underground stations.
Extinction Rebellion protesters have already brought traffic to a standstill in Oxford Circus, Waterloo Bridge, Marble Arch, Piccadilly Circus, and Parliament Square.
Extinction Rebellion is an global protest group that uses non-violent civil disobedience to campaign on environmental issues. One placard read: "Rebel for Life".
"We need to ensure we are striking the right balance between allowing the right to a peaceful protest, while ensuring disruption to communities is kept to a minimum", Chief Superintendent Colin Wingrove said on Tuesday. In The Hague on Tuesday, activists occupied the global criminal court building. By 6am on Wednesday, all had been released and charged with breach of the peace, to appear in court at a later date.
Activists had been told they must confine any demonstrations to the Marble Arch area, and police were taking action against protesters in other locations.
Campaigners want governments to declare a climate and ecological emergency, reduce greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2025, halt biodiversity loss and be led by new "citizens' assemblies on climate and ecological justice".
Activist Katy Fowler, 39, from Machynlleth in Wales, said reaction from the public had been very positive. Many bus routes have been disrupted, to the frustration of commuters.