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UK: Arrests as Extinction Rebellion protests begin across England

At least 90 people have been arrested at climate change protests causing disruption across England.

Extinction Rebellion organised action in London and Manchester to urge the government to prepare for a “climate crisis”.

Campaigners were arrested after they sat in the middle of the road next to Parliament Square to stop traffic.

In Manchester, protesters have been urged to “reconsider their actions” following a rise in Covid-19 cases.

Extinction Rebellion said it planned to “peacefully disrupt the UK Parliament in London” with 10 days of demonstrations until MPs backed the Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill.

Other planned events in the capital include a “carnival of corruption”, which is due to take place outside the Treasury, and a “walk of shame” near the Bank of England.

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