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Extinction Rebellion East Herts joins London protests as 'time is running out'

Members of Extinction Rebellion East Herts (XR East Herts) have been protesting with thousands of fellow climate change campaigners in the heart of London.

They joined the larger XR East of England group and set up the Love Rebellion camp at the start of the week, between two roadblocks on Horse Guards Road off Whitehall in Westminster.

A samba band played as rebels danced in the street before Oscar- and BAFTA-winning actor Mark Rylance read a self-penned poem and thanked Extinction Rebellion for its efforts.

XR East Herts in London (19097495)
XR East Herts in London (19097495)

Singer-songwriter KT Tunstall later played a three-song set to the rebels, after Extinction Rebellion co-founder Dr Gail Bradbrook gave an inspiring speech.

The aim of the rebellion is to persuade the Government to confirm its May 1 declaration of a climate emergency by enacting "immediate, profound and sweeping changes".

XR East Herts spokeswoman Kate Nissim said: "Despite police efforts to undercut our rebellion with pre-emptive arrests and confiscation of our supplies, XR East Herts rebels have remained adaptable, agile, creative and joyful.

XR East Herts in London (19097497)
XR East Herts in London (19097497)

"Time is running out, but our demands haven't changed. The Government must tell the truth and act now to cut our greenhouse emissions to zero by 2025, halt biodiversity loss and bring about climate justice."

As part of the International Rebellion launched on Monday (October 7), Extinction Rebellion and allied movements aim to peacefully shut down Westminster in central London until the Government acts.

XR East Herts is asking supporters to take time off work where possible and take family and friends along to join the protest.

Extinction Rebellion also wants members of the public to help replace equipment including portable loos, kitchen equipment, gazebos and big tents, hot water urns and big thermos flasks, 250-watt solar panels and 12-volt car batteries, ready-to-eat plant-based food, waterproofs, umbrellas and hot water bottles.

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