London climate protesters seek talks with govt

Updated April 22, 2019

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Climate change activists play music at Waterloo Bridge on Sunday.—AFP
Climate change activists play music at Waterloo Bridge on Sunday.—AFP

LONDON: Climate change protesters who have brought parts of London to a standstill said on Sunday they were prepared to call a halt if the British government will discuss their demands.

Some 831 arrests have been made and 42 people charged in connection with the ongoing Extinction Rebellion protests.

On the seventh day of demonstrations that have occupied key spots in the British capital, organisers said they were willing to switch tactics from disruption to dialogue.

“We are prepared to pause, should the government come to the negotiating table,” Extinction Rebellion spokesman James Fox said. “What the pause looks like is us stopping an escalation. “We can discuss leaving if they are willing to discuss our demands. “At the moment, we haven’t received a response from the government... so we’re waiting on that.”

Published in Dawn, April 22nd, 2019