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Climate protesters face arrest in London

By AAP Newswire

Climate change activists who have spent the past week disrupting London commutes and business with their demonstrations have been told they face arrest unless they immediately cease their protests.

Activists with Extinction Rebellion (XR) have been told to leave Trafalgar Square, where many have congregated lawfully since Monday last week, as police seek to expunge the protesters from the capital.

More than 1,400 people have been arrested during eight days' XR action, with the threat that anyone defying police orders will also be detained.

In a statement on Twitter, the London branch of XR wrote: "Police are clearing peaceful protest in Trafalgar & Vauxhall. They are back-tracking on promises made &, MEPs say, in contravention of UK law, in the national square.

"This is an emergency, and an outrage. The police must respect the law. This is a democracy."

Scotland Yard said activists were told to cease their protests by 9pm local time on Monday or face arrest.

"These conditions have been imposed due to the continued breaches of the section 14 condition previously implemented, and ongoing serious disruption to the community," Deputy Assistant Commissioner Laurence Taylor said.

"We have made significant progress in managing Extinction Rebellion's activity at sites across central London over this past week.

"Officers have begun the process of clearing Trafalgar Square and getting things back to normal."

Taylor said officers arrested more than 90 people who were "causing further disruption to people and businesses in London's financial district".