Police slam XR protesters sitting in middle of roads as mob FINALLY wraps up two-week protest chaos


London was brought to a standstill today as Extinction Rebellion brought an end their 14 days of demonstrations in the capital with one final march.

Huge crowds gathered in the capital at the start of the weekend for the march, which was titled ‘MARCH FOR NATURE’, and demanded an end to the use of fossil fuels.

Attendees were encouraged to dress in bright colours, specifically black, green and blue, and Extinction Rebellion’s website also instructed those planning to take part to bring along their placards and banners. 

The march signalled the end of the two-week long ‘Impossible Rebellion’ which has seen the movement demonstrating outside the gates of Buckingham Palace, blocking off roads in the middle of the capital and dying fountain water red as they tried to communicate their message.

London was brought to a standstill today as Extinction Rebellion brought an end their 14 days of demonstrations in the capital with one final march

Huge crowds gathered in the capital at the start of the weekend for the march, which was titled 'MARCH FOR NATURE', and demanded an end to the use of fossil fuels

Huge crowds gathered in the capital at the start of the weekend for the march, which was titled ‘MARCH FOR NATURE’, and demanded an end to the use of fossil fuels

Attendees were encouraged to dress in bright colours, specifically black, green and blue, and Extinction Rebellion's website also instructed those planning to take part to bring along their placards and banners

Attendees were encouraged to dress in bright colours, specifically black, green and blue, and Extinction Rebellion’s website also instructed those planning to take part to bring along their placards and banners

A line of police officers stood at a distance from a wall of demonstrators as they made their way through the capital today

A line of police officers stood at a distance from a wall of demonstrators as they made their way through the capital today

Members of Extinction Rebellion are seen having dressed up in fruit costumes as they took part in the last demonstration being held during their two-week long Impossible Rebellion

Members of Extinction Rebellion are seen having dressed up in fruit costumes as they took part in the last demonstration being held during their two-week long Impossible Rebellion

The march signalled the end of the two-week long 'Impossible Rebellion' which has seen the movement demonstrating outside the gates of Buckingham Palace, blocking off roads in the middle of the capital and dying fountain water red as they tried to communicate their message

The march signalled the end of the two-week long ‘Impossible Rebellion’ which has seen the movement demonstrating outside the gates of Buckingham Palace, blocking off roads in the middle of the capital and dying fountain water red as they tried to communicate their message

A woman is seen in a brightly coloured outfit and a decorative headpiece fashioned to look like a flower as she marched through London earlier today

A woman is seen in a brightly coloured outfit and a decorative headpiece fashioned to look like a flower as she marched through London earlier today

A woman smiles as she stands next to a group of people all dressed in similar-looking blue bird costumes as they took part in today's Extinction Rebellion demonstration

A woman smiles as she stands next to a group of people all dressed in similar-looking blue bird costumes as they took part in today’s Extinction Rebellion demonstration

The costumes on display varied in colour and style, with this individual dressing in a flowing blue outfit

The costumes on display varied in colour and style, with this individual dressing in a flowing blue outfit

Today, people dressed in an array of wacky and colourful outfits as they took part in the final demonstration which saw them pass through Trafalgar Square and Piccadilly Circus.

The Deputy Assistant Commissioner for the Metropolitan Police yesterday said that over 2,000 officers have been needed across the two weeks in order to maintain control in the capital. 

This evening, the MET Police confirmed that 508 people had been arrested and 81 activists had been removed after gluing themselves to structures during the latest wave in London which began on August 22.

The Metropolitan Police said there had been a total of 480 arrests in the capital since the environmental group began its action dubbed the Impossible Rebellion on August 23.

A member of Extinction Rebellion sits in the middle of a road wearing a sandwich board sign which reads 'Boris stop funding fossil fuels'

A member of Extinction Rebellion sits in the middle of a road wearing a sandwich board sign which reads ‘Boris stop funding fossil fuels’

A woman sits in the middle of the road in London wearing a large placard which reads: 'I can;t stand by as the planet is ruined for future generations'

A woman sits in the middle of the road in London wearing a large placard which reads: ‘I can;t stand by as the planet is ruined for future generations’

Many of the Extinction Rebellion members who flocked to the capital for the final demonstration today were seen holding up signs and placards

Many of the Extinction Rebellion members who flocked to the capital for the final demonstration today were seen holding up signs and placards

Today, people dressed in an array of wacky and colourful outfits as they took part in the final demonstration which saw them pass through Trafalgar Square and Piccadilly Circus

Today, people dressed in an array of wacky and colourful outfits as they took part in the final demonstration which saw them pass through Trafalgar Square and Piccadilly Circus

The Deputy Assistant Commissioner for the Metropolitan Police yesterday said that over 2,000 officers have been needed across the two weeks in order to maintain control in the capital

The Deputy Assistant Commissioner for the Metropolitan Police yesterday said that over 2,000 officers have been needed across the two weeks in order to maintain control in the capital

Two police liaison officers talk to a member of Extinction Rebellion at Trafalgar Square earlier today

Two police liaison officers talk to a member of Extinction Rebellion at Trafalgar Square earlier today

Two large skeletons are held in the air by the Extinction Rebellion crowds earlier today as they marched through the capital

Two large skeletons are held in the air by the Extinction Rebellion crowds earlier today as they marched through the capital

'I can't stand by and watch the planet die': A woman holds up a sign as she takes part in today's Extinction Rebellion protest in London

‘I can’t stand by and watch the planet die’: A woman holds up a sign as she takes part in today’s Extinction Rebellion protest in London

A huge model of a bee is held in the air as Extinction Rebellion protestors walk through the streets of London earlier today

A huge model of a bee is held in the air as Extinction Rebellion protestors walk through the streets of London earlier today

The costumes worn by members of Extinction Rebellion today included this colourful ensemble which featured a decorative floral headdress

The costumes worn by members of Extinction Rebellion today included this colourful ensemble which featured a decorative floral headdress

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Matt Twist confirmed nearly 2,000 officers have been involved in policing the activists every day, adding that they had acted ‘swiftly’ when demonstrators caused ‘serious disruption’ to Londoners. There are around 32,000 police officers in London.

Mr Twist told Times Radio on Friday: ‘It’s not the numbers of protesters but it’s the level of serious disruption that they’re looking to cause, which is impacting on other Londoners.

‘We’ve said right from the start, we know that Extinction Rebellion have the right to protest and the right to assemble.

‘But what we also made clear is these are qualified rights and they have got to be balanced against the rights of the rest of London and Londoners, the people, the businesses, the communities who want to lawfully go about their business.

Two police officers stand in Trafalgar Square speaking to members of Extinction Rebellion, one who is dressed as a bee, and another who is seemingly dressed as a lobster

Two police officers stand in Trafalgar Square speaking to members of Extinction Rebellion, one who is dressed as a bee, and another who is seemingly dressed as a lobster

As Extinction Rebellion marked the end of its two weeks of protests in London today, the HS2 white elephant was paraded around Trafalgar Square

As Extinction Rebellion marked the end of its two weeks of protests in London today, the HS2 white elephant was paraded around Trafalgar Square

People held up signs and placards with a number of messages on them as they paraded around London today

People held up signs and placards with a number of messages on them as they paraded around London today

A woman beams as she poses in bright orange makeup and an orange costume as she takes part int he Extinction Rebellion protest in London earlier today

A woman beams as she poses in bright orange makeup and an orange costume as she takes part int he Extinction Rebellion protest in London earlier today

Two members of Extinction Rebellion hold their fists in the air as they march through London's streets

Two members of Extinction Rebellion hold their fists in the air as they march through London’s streets

The final day of demonstrations seemed to have a carnival-style feeling to it as many attendees wore bright colourful outfits

The final day of demonstrations seemed to have a carnival-style feeling to it as many attendees wore bright colourful outfits

Two huge sculptures are held in the air by demonstrators as they paraded through the capital earlier today

Two huge sculptures are held in the air by demonstrators as they paraded through the capital earlier today

'Indigenous rights, save the Amazon': A woman, stood in Trafalgar Square holds up a placard attached to a tree branch

‘Indigenous rights, save the Amazon’: A woman, stood in Trafalgar Square holds up a placard attached to a tree branch

A woman dressed as an endangered species takes part in the final Extinction Rebellion demonstration earlier today

A woman dressed as an endangered species takes part in the final Extinction Rebellion demonstration earlier today

‘Where we’ve seen cases of both very serious and totally unreasonable disruption looking to be caused, we have to take action and move in and make arrests.’

The protests have seen activists scaling the seven-storey Tower Place West building in the City of London, occupying both London Bridge and Tower Bridge and blocking roads across the capital.

And last night, a YouGov poll showed that Extinction Rebellion’s popularity around the country had dipped in light of their recent protests.

Their data showed that among Conservative voters, the group’s popularity had dipped by 63 per cent – though had risen slightly by six per cent among Labour voters.

However, the groups popularity had fallen amongst all age groups, with people aged 65 and older seeing the highest proportion viewing the group negatively. 

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