Police said they carried out "four arrests following obstruction incidents at Stratford and Canning Town stations on the Jubilee Line," linking the north-west to the east of London through the center of the capital.
Furious users attacked a protester who was riding a train, throwing projectiles at him and forcibly removing him, in a very tense atmosphere, according to a video relayed on the social networks.
– Holly Collins (@HollyJoCollins) October 17, 2019
Extinguishment Rebellion said it had conducted a "nonviolent action" in two stations for a "limited time" and confirmed a "violent incident against a protester in Canning Town".
– Evening Standard (@standardnews) October 17, 2019
Deputy Transport Police Chief Sean O'Callaghan expressed his "disappointment" at the announcement of these actions, underscoring in a statement Wednesday night that "metro and trains are among the most environmentally friendly means of transportation in London".
Extinction Rebellion, dubbed "XR", launched on October 7 a series of shock actions in the UK and around the world, titled "Autumn Uprising". The goal: disrupt the functioning of capitals to denounce the inaction of governments against the climate crisis. In total, more than 1,600 activists have been arrested as part of the London movement.
But after protests in London's financial center on Monday, police banned protests in London from this "uprising", pointing to the "serious disturbances" caused. "XR" announced Wednesday to contest the ban on demonstrations.
More actions this Thursday
Activists also plan to lead Thursday action at London's Gatwick Airport, to ask the aviation industry to "reduce the number of flights and not to expand airports", but do not plan to disrupt air traffic.
Workers supporting the movement, (doctors, lawyers, scientists) are also called to protest at the end of their working day, from the Ministry of Labor and Retirement to Trafalgar Square, in the center of the city on Thursday.