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Police step up protection for Queen amid fears Extinction Rebellion will target monarch

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Metropolitan Police officers believe protestors could disrupt the the Queen’s opening of Parliament and there are “contingency plans” in place should protestors camped out on the capital’s streets threaten Queen Elizabeth’s traditional carriage trip to Parliament. Activists have been camped on grounds around Parliament Square and Whitehall since Monday calling for urgent action on climate change.

Metropolitan Police Deputy Assistant Commissioner Laurence Taylor  said officers will make sure the Royal Procession ahead of the state opening of Parliament on Monday will take place.

He told the Daily Telegraph “we will have contingency plans”- but insisted this was in line with usual proceedings.

The Metropolitan Police confirmed 800 people had been arrested since Monday, with another 220 detained on Wednesday.

On Wednesday police marched down Horse Guards Road to remove protesters and tents, including several elderly activists who refused to move and were lifted to the side of the road and placed under arrest.

And this morning arrests have been made outside London City Airport after Extinction Rebellion protesters declared they would occupy and shut down the airport.

Scores of police are stationed outside the airport after police commissioner Mr Taylor said there are plans in place to intervene and “deal proactively” with anyone who has the intention of shutting down the airport. 

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Passengers arriving for flights were not allowed to enter the terminal without showing their boarding cards first.

Extinction Rebellion say that the “Fly Today, No Tomorrow” action will involve a three-day occupation of the terminal building, similar to that which occurred during the Hong Kong protests in August.

A London City Airport spokesman said they were working with the Met Police to prepare for the protests and all passengers would be required to show their boarding pass to access the terminal. 

He said: “Climate change is a global challenge and we remain committed to building a more sustainable future for the airport and the aviation industry, ensuring that we are playing our part in meeting the UK’s 2050 carbon objectives.”

In the wake of Prime Minister Boris Johnson attacking the protesters “uncooperative crusties”, his father Stanley Johnson said the comments were made in humour and he would consider it a compliment to be called a crusty by his son.

Speaking to a substantial crowd at the demonstration in Trafalgar Square, he said: “I think what they are doing is extremely important.

“From tiny acorns, big movements spring.

“We have been moving far too slowly on the climate change issue.

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“I regard it as a tremendous compliment to be called an uncooperative crusty, that was a remark made in humour.”

He said Extinction Rebellion’s actions were “tremendously important”, adding: “It is absolutely clear to me that we have been moving far too slowly on the climate change issue”.

Mr Johnson Snr was asked if he supports the demonstrators occupying streets and their plans to chain themselves to parts of London City Airport.

He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: ”I think we’ve got to take a fairly relaxed view on this.

“I don’t think many of them are breaking the law.

“I believe that they are wedded to non-violence, to peaceful protest.”

As part of the protests, hundreds of women staged a mass “nurse-in”, breast and bottle feeding their babies outside the QEII centre, before marching on Downing Street with their prams.

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Police step up protection for Queen amid fears Extinction Rebellion will target monarch

Metropolitan Police officers believe protestors could disrupt the the Queen’s opening of Parliament and there are “contingency plans” in place should protestors camped out on the capital’s streets threaten Queen Elizabeth’s traditional carriage trip to Parliament.

Metropolitan Police officers believe protestors could disrupt the the Queen’s opening of Parliament and there are “contingency plans” in place should protestors camped out on the capital’s streets threaten Queen Elizabeth’s traditional carriage trip to Parliament.

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One thought on “Police step up protection for Queen amid fears Extinction Rebellion will target monarch

  1. WHY ON EARTH DONT THE POLICE THE POLICE ARREST SOME OF THEM IF THEY WANT TO DEMONSTRATE THEN THEY SHOULD MARCH WE KNOW WHAT THY ARE DOINGAND ITS GOOD THAT THE ARE DOING looks like the police are enjoying themselves

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