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London climate-change protesters vow to continue blockades

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Protesters who have blocked London roads and bridges for more than three days say they will escalate their civil disobedience campaign if the British government doesn’t step up action against climate change.

Hundreds of demonstrators have blocked sites including Waterloo Bridge over the River Thames and the Oxford Circus and Marble Arch intersections since Monday.

The protest sites have sprouted tents, sound systems and even an ice cream van. Traffic is snarled and bus routes have been disrupted, to the frustration of commuters.

Police have made more than 420 arrests.

Gail Bradbrook of protest group Extinction Rebellion said Thursday that “more people are joining us all the time.”

Home Secretary Sajid Javid says protesters “do not have the right to break the law and significantly disrupt the lives of others.”

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British cops filmed dancing with climate protesters are blasted by their bosses for ‘unacceptable behavior’

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A pair of British police officers are being blasted by their bosses for “unacceptable behavior” Thursday after being caught on video dancing amongst a crowd of climate activists who have been snarling traffic and public transit in London this week.

Footage that surfaced on Twitter Wednesday showed the cops breaking out their dance moves to cheers and chants of “We love you!” by members of the Extinction Rebellion group.

“I’m disappointed by the video and the unacceptable behavior of the officers in it,” Scotland Yard Commander Jane Connors said after viewing it. “We expect our officers to engage with protesters but clearly their actions fall short of the tone of the policing operation at a time when people are frustrated at the actions of the protesters.

“We will be reminding officers of their responsibilities and expectations in policing this operation – however the majority of officers have been working long hours and I am grateful to them for their continued commitment,” she added.

CLIMATE CHANGE PROTESTERS BRING LONDON TO A HALT

Another video circulating on Twitter purportedly shows a police officer skateboarding on a bridge over the chalk message “CLIMATE JUSTICE NOW”, while others look on.

As of midday Thursday in London, the city’s busy Waterloo Bridge and other roads remain shut down because of the ongoing protests, which Extinction Rebellion says are aimed at getting the British Parliament to take further action on addressing climate change.

On its website, the group demands that Parliament “act now to halt biodiversity loss and reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2025”, while also pushing for them to “create and be led by the decisions of a Citizens’ Assembly on climate and ecological justice.”

Protesters claiming to be from the group – who deem themselves “rebels” — have glued themselves to trains and set up roadblocks throughout the U.K.’s capital.

The Metropolitan Police have detained more than 300 of them since Monday, according to the Associated Press, and financial analysts say the protests are causing business to plummet in central London. One analyst told the news agency that spending is down 25 percent there and on Tuesday alone, $16 million fewer dollars were spent than usual.

Some critics are also pointing out that despite wanting to save the Earth, the climate protesters are actually doing harm to it by snarling more environmentally-friendly public transit systems and forcing cars and buses to idle in gridlock traffic – and therefore belch exhaust into the atmosphere – as a result of their disruptions and roadblocks.

“It is absolutely crucial to get more people using public transport, as well as walking and cycling, if we are to tackle this climate emergency – and millions of Londoners depend on the Underground network to get about their daily lives in our city,” London Mayor Sadiq Khan tweeted about the protests.

He added that “targeting public transport in this way would only damage the cause of all of us who want to tackle climate change, as well as risking Londoners’ safety and I’d implore anyone considering doing so to think again.”

Farhana Yamin, a protester who was arrested on Tuesday, apologized to Londoners on BBC Radio 4 but insisted that such actions are justified.

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Police remove climate activists who glued themselves on top of a Dockland Light Railway train at Canary Wharf station in east London as part of the ongoing climate change protests. (AP)

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“I totally want to apologize to people using public transport. But at the same time we need to take actions that are disruptive so everyone understands the dangers we’re facing right now,” she said.

“I’m not someone who goes out on to the streets and disrupts and gets arrested for no reason at all. But I feel people should understand that we are at a critical moment in our humanity’s history.”

Fox News’ Lukas Mikelionis contributed to this report.

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British cops filmed dancing with climate protesters are blasted by their bosses for ‘unacceptable behavior’

A pair of British police officers are being blasted by their bosses for “unacceptable behavior” Thursday after being caught on video dancing amongst a crowd of climate activists who have been snarling traffic and public transit in London this week.

Footage that surfaced on Twitter Wednesday showed the cops breaking out their dance moves to cheers and chants of “We love you!” by members of the Extinction Rebellion group.

“I’m disappointed by the video and the unacceptable behavior of the officers in it,” Scotland Yard Commander Jane Connors said after viewing it. “We expect our officers to engage with protesters but clearly their actions fall short of the tone of the policing operation at a time when people are frustrated at the actions of the protesters.

“We will be reminding officers of their responsibilities and expectations in policing this operation – however the majority of officers have been working long hours and I am grateful to them for their continued commitment,” she added.

CLIMATE CHANGE PROTESTERS BRING LONDON TO A HALT

Another video circulating on Twitter purportedly shows a police officer skateboarding on a bridge over the chalk message “CLIMATE JUSTICE NOW”, while others look on.

As of midday Thursday in London, the city’s busy Waterloo Bridge and other roads remain shut down because of the ongoing protests, which Extinction Rebellion says are aimed at getting the British Parliament to take further action on addressing climate change.

On its website, the group demands that Parliament “act now to halt biodiversity loss and reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2025”, while also pushing for them to “create and be led by the decisions of a Citizens’ Assembly on climate and ecological justice.”

Protesters claiming to be from the group – who deem themselves “rebels” — have glued themselves to trains and set up roadblocks throughout the U.K.’s capital.

The Metropolitan Police have detained more than 300 of them since Monday, according to the Associated Press, and financial analysts say the protests are causing business to plummet in central London. One analyst told the news agency that spending is down 25 percent there and on Tuesday alone, $16 million fewer dollars were spent than usual.

Some critics are also pointing out that despite wanting to save the Earth, the climate protesters are actually doing harm to it by snarling more environmentally-friendly public transit systems and forcing cars and buses to idle in gridlock traffic – and therefore belch exhaust into the atmosphere – as a result of their disruptions and roadblocks.

“It is absolutely crucial to get more people using public transport, as well as walking and cycling, if we are to tackle this climate emergency – and millions of Londoners depend on the Underground network to get about their daily lives in our city,” London Mayor Sadiq Khan tweeted about the protests.

He added that “targeting public transport in this way would only damage the cause of all of us who want to tackle climate change, as well as risking Londoners’ safety and I’d implore anyone considering doing so to think again.”

Farhana Yamin, a protester who was arrested on Tuesday, apologized to Londoners on BBC Radio 4 but insisted that such actions are justified.

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Police remove climate activists who glued themselves on top of a Dockland Light Railway train at Canary Wharf station in east London as part of the ongoing climate change protests. (AP)

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“I totally want to apologize to people using public transport. But at the same time we need to take actions that are disruptive so everyone understands the dangers we’re facing right now,” she said.

“I’m not someone who goes out on to the streets and disrupts and gets arrested for no reason at all. But I feel people should understand that we are at a critical moment in our humanity’s history.”

Fox News’ Lukas Mikelionis contributed to this report.

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Man who bit hole in police officer’s ear sentenced to 13 years in jail

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A man in England has been sentenced to over a decade behind bars for biting a hole in a police officer‘s ear as he tried to resist arrest last year.

Cheshire Police Department said in a news release Wednesday that 26-year-old Daniel Ward was sentenced to 13 years in prison and 4 years on parole after pleading guilty to wounding with intent, resisting arrest, and a public order offense.

Ward attacked the officer in the town of Runcorn near Liverpool on Dec. 14, 2018, as he was being arrested on suspicion of assault in connection to a robbery earlier in the year.

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While resisting arrest, an officer’s ear was “completely bitten through,” and even after surgery may still have permanent damage, Sky News reported.

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After biting the officer’s ear, Ward had to be restrained and threatened to bite other officers, according to police.

“The nature of policing inevitably requires officers to deal with violent and challenging situations, but being assaulted by members of the public should never be looked upon as an acceptable ‘part of the job,'” Detective Constable Nathaniel Walkowiak said in a statement.

CLIMATE CHANGE PROTESTERS BRING LONDON TO HALT, DEMONSTRATOR GLUES HIMSELF TO SUBWAY TRAIN, 300 ARRESTED IN 2 DAYS

“Such incidents can have far-reaching effects, not only for the officer who has been assaulted and their loved ones but also for their colleagues and the communities we serve,” he added.

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Ward also pleaded guilty to robbery and possessing an offensive weapon in a public place, after 2 teenagers had their bikes stolen at knifepoint in January 2018.

“The custodial service that Ward has been handed reflects the severity of the offenses he committed and I am pleased that he is now behind bars where he is no longer a threat to the public,” Walkowiak said.

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Climate change protesters bring London to halt, demonstrator glues himself to subway train, 300 arrested in 2 days

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London was brought to a standstill Wednesday morning after militant climate change protesters cause havoc for a third day in a row, climbing and gluing themselves on subway trains, causing road closures and other disruption, leading to an arrest of nearly 300 people in the past 48 hours.

The protesters calling themselves Extinction Rebellion, which were also responsible for a naked protest in the British Parliament earlier this month, are demanding the government to legally commit to reducing net carbon emissions to zero in the next six years and are willing to go to jail for the cause.

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Londoners’ morning commute was particularly disrupted after the protesters climbed on top of a Docklands Light Railway (DLR) train in East London, prompting shutdown or severe delays on numerous underground lines.

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Police and officials stand by as climate activists protest atop a Dockland Light Railway carriage at Canary Wharf station in London, as part of the ongoing climate change demonstrations in the capital, Wednesday April 17, 2019. The environment protest group Extinction Rebellion are calling for general public protests with civic disobedience held over several days, to highlight what it says is the failure to tackle the causes of climate change. ((Kirsty O’Connor/PA via AP))

The group has been clashing with police officers and blocking traffic in Central London, including near Parliament, since Monday, resulting in at least 290 arrests, the BBC reported.

The scale of the arrests forced the police to reveal that “contingency plans are in place should custody suites become full.”

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The road is blocked by demonstrators during a climate protest at Marble Arch in London, Tuesday, April 16, 2019. The group Extinction Rebellion is calling for a week of civil disobedience against what it says is the failure to tackle the causes of climate change. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

In addition to furious Londoners, the methods of the protest were criticized by left-wing London Mayor Sadiq Khan, who said that while he believes climate change must be tackled, he was “extremely concerned” about the disruptions.

“It is absolutely crucial to get more people using public transport, as well as walking and cycling, if we are to tackle this climate emergency – and millions of Londoners depend on the Underground network to get about their daily lives in our city,” he tweeted.

“Targeting public transport in this way would only damage the cause of all of us who want to tackle climate change, as well as risking Londoners’ safety and I’d implore anyone considering doing so to think again.”

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The militant protesters also glued their hands to the train carriages as they touted their success in causing mayhem in the capital, prompting the authorities to turn off the transportation system’s public Wi-Fi to stop them from coordinating actions, the Daily Mail reported.

Some commuters said the protest was “ridiculous” because it only forced commuters to use their cars rather than using the considerably more environmentally-friendly subway.

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Police officers speak to protestors under a lorry, during a civic disobedience event to block Waterloo Bridge in London, Wednesday, April 17, 2019. The group Extinction Rebellion is calling for a week of civil disobedience against what it says is the failure to tackle the causes of climate change. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

Transport disruptions reportedly affected 500,000 people over the last few days, while retailers located on the high street say they lost about $12 million in sales in the last two days due to the protests.

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Farhana Yamin, a protester who was arrested on Tuesday, apologized to Londoners on BBC Radio 4 but insisted that such actions are justified.

“I totally want to apologize to people using public transport. But at the same time we need to take actions that are disruptive so everyone understands the dangers we’re facing right now,” she said.

“I’m not someone who goes out on to the streets and disrupts and gets arrested for no reason at all. But I feel people should understand that we are at a critical moment in our humanity’s history.”

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UK climate protesters block roads, glue themselves to train

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Climate change protesters have glued themselves to a train and blocked major London intersections on the third day of a civil disobedience campaign.

Three demonstrators were arrested after stopping Docklands Light Railway services at Canary Wharf station on Wednesday.

Police have arrested more than 300 people since Monday during protests by the group Extinction Rebellion.

Demonstrators continue to block sites including Waterloo Bridge over the River Thames and the Oxford Circus and Marble Arch intersections. Many bus routes have been disrupted, to the frustration of commuters.

Lawyer Farhana Yamin, one of those arrested, apologized to public transit users. But she told BBC radio that “we need to take actions that are disruptive so everyone understands the dangers we’re facing right now.”

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UK inflation holds steady in March amid Brexit uncertainty

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Official figures show that inflation in Britain unexpectedly held steady in March, with economists suggesting that Brexit uncertainty prompted retailers to keep prices lower than would otherwise have been the case.

The Office for National Statistics said Wednesday that consumer prices were up 1.9 percent in the year to March. Most economists had expected inflation to rise slightly to 2 percent, which is the Bank of England’s target rate.

The figures suggest that rising uncertainty related to Britain’s exit from the European Union during the month may have contributed to the slightly lower outcome. Britain was due to leave the EU on March 29 but it was postponed as Parliament failed to back Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal. Britain now has a new Oct. 31 deadline.

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UK climate protesters block roads, glue themselves to train

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Climate change protesters have glued themselves to a train and blocked major London intersections on the third day of a civil disobedience campaign.

Three demonstrators were arrested after stopping Docklands Light Railway services at Canary Wharf station on Wednesday.

Police have arrested more than 300 people since Monday during protests by the group Extinction Rebellion.

Demonstrators continue to block sites including Waterloo Bridge over the River Thames and the Oxford Circus and Marble Arch intersections. Many bus routes have been disrupted, to the frustration of commuters.

Lawyer Farhana Yamin, one of those arrested, apologized to public transit users. But she told BBC radio that “we need to take actions that are disruptive so everyone understands the dangers we’re facing right now.”

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Tourist mecca Notre Dame also revered as place of worship

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The soaring beauty of Paris’ Notre Dame Cathedral as it echoed with Gregorian chants so moved French poet Paul Claudel on Christmas Day 1886 that the avowed atheist converted to Catholicism on the spot.

“In an instant, my heart was touched and I believed,” Claudel, who remained a committed Catholic until his death nearly seven decades later, wrote of the religious transformation that is commemorated with a plaque on the floor.

While the imposing Gothic cathedral has become a tourist mecca, Notre Dame remains at its heart a place of worship, a powerful expression of religious reverence crafted from stone. A regular evening Mass was in progress when a fire broke near the top of the landmark church, and worshippers were evacuated quickly.

The global reaction to images of flames chewing through the roof, up the spire that pointed to heaven before the blaze brought it down, and threatening the entire cathedral made clear Notre Dame was bigger than any one faith still touched the faithless.

Pope Francis and other religious leaders commented on this quality of transcendent universality while offering prayers and technical expertise to help rebuild.

That a cathedral Francis called the “artistic and spiritual patrimony of humanity” went up in flames during Holy Week, the solemn days before Easter when Christians commemorate the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, intensified the sense of loss and devastation.

Some commentators, particularly figures from the religious right, saw the fire-ravaged structure that represented the height of French Catholicism as a metaphor for the demise of the Catholic Church in Europe, where secular trends long ago emptied pews and drained the priesthood of fresh vocations.

But the outpouring of grief and determined vows to bring Notre Dame back to life seemed to signal that for all the talk of a Catholic crisis in Europe, the French, at least, still see in Notre Dame the essence of themselves.

In a condolence note to Paris Archbishop Michel Aupetit, Francis called the church the “architectural gem of a collective memory.” He said he prayed it would retake its place as an emblem of the French nation and its diversity.

Notre Dame draws 13 million people across its portals each year, a significant share of them tourists coming to admire the building’s vaulted ceilings, flying buttresses and stained-glass windows. Many visitors also come to worship.

There are four Masses every day except Sunday, when there are five. The Sunday evening service is usually celebrated by the Paris archbishop and broadcast on Catholic television and Radio Notre Dame, reaching the faithful beyond the stone walls.

“Even though it belongs to the French state, it remains a living creature where they celebrate the liturgy, where they have meetings of faith and where even non-believers enter to have an experience of beauty,” the Vatican’s culture minister, Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, said.

But Ravasi also stressed that many of Christianity’s holiest sites are in constant evolution. While Notre Dame “has a secret spiritual dimension” that makes it a place “where even a non-believer senses the transcendent,” the spire that collapsed during the fire only dated from the 1800s, he said.

Representatives of religions outside Catholicism made clear the cathedral burning in the center of Paris carried significance for them, too.

An official of the Russian Orthodox Church quoted by state news agency RIA Novosti called the blaze “a tragedy for the entire Christian world, and for all who appreciate the cultural significance of this temple.”

The church’s secretary for inter-Christian relations, Hieromonk Stefan, also had concern for the safety of Notre Dame’s most precious relic, venerated as the Crown of Thorns worn by Jesus Christ. Stefan called it “a sacred object for all Christians.”

The Church of England’s director of cathedrals and church buildings, Becky Clark, stressed that “no matter the destruction, the spirit of what it means to be a cathedral can and does survive such catastrophes.”

She cited historic precedence in England: The spire of Lincoln Cathedral that collapsed in the 1500s. St. Paul’s Cathedral was destroyed by the Great Fire of London in 1666. Coventry Cathedral was destroyed by German bombs in 1940.

“All have been rebuilt, sometimes taking on new forms, to stand as reminders of eternity and resurrection which are the foundation of the Christian faith,” she said.

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Barry reported from Milan.

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Video has been released showing some of the bizarre behavior exhibited by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London where he lived for the last seven years, before being ousted and subsequently arrested by British authorities last week.

Footage filmed inside Assange’s 330-square-foot apartment, obtained by Spanish newspaper El Pais, shows Assange attempting to skateboard around the room to pass the time, and also shows him getting into an argument with a security guard who objected to a meeting he was trying to hold there.

Ecuadorian officials accused Assange of everything ranging from the bizarre to criminal during his time at the Embassy, where he was staying to avoid being extradited to Sweden on sexual assault charges which were eventually dropped.

In the new video, Assange can be seen in an argument with a man who appears to be a security guard who is instructing the WikiLeaks founder’s guests to leave the Embassy. Assange begins recording the conversation with a camera, and the man attempts to swipe it out of his hand. Eventually, all of the guests leave.

Lenin Moreno, the president of Ecuador, said that Assange was using the Embassy in London as a “center for spying” during his time there. The president also alleged the 47-year-old’s treatment of the Embassy’s staff was “absolutely reprehensible and outrageous,” The Guardian reports.

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Moreno added that Assange “maintained constant improper hygienic behavior throughout his stay,” which seems to corroborate claims made by Ecuadorian politician Maria Paula Romo, who said that Assange was “allowed to do things like put feces on the walls of the embassy and other behaviors of that nature.”

Officials also alleged that Assange kept his bathroom in such a shocking condition that guards took photos and complained. They also reportedly complained about Assange failing to take proper care of his cat.

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Ecuador revoked Assange’s asylum on Thursday and he was promptly dragged out of the Embassy by British police and arrested for violating his bail conditions, for which he could face up to a year in jail.

He also faces possible extradition to the United States after it was announced on Thursday that the government is charging Assange with conspiracy to commit computer intrusion amid claims that he worked with Chelsea Manning to hack Department of Defense computers, leading to what the DOJ has called “one of the largest compromises of classified information in the history of the United States.”

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