Planned three-day protest: Extinction Rebellion blocks central Paris

A three-day demonstration planned
Extinction Rebellion blocks central Paris

They chain themselves to containers filled with cement and block traffic in Paris with bales of hay. With this action, hundreds of activists from the group Extinction Rebellion want to hold out until Easter Monday to draw attention to the climate emergency. The period was deliberately chosen.

In the fight against the climate emergency, hundreds of activists from the group Extinction Rebellion blocked a major traffic axis in the center of Paris. Over a length of 300 meters, they blocked traffic on the Grands Boulevards with sit-ins and a barricade made of hay bales. Many of them had also chained themselves to containers filled with cement. The police did not intervene at first.

According to a spokeswoman for the climate protection movement, around a thousand activists gathered in the morning for the three-day campaign, during which talks and lectures are also planned. The plan is to hold out until Easter Monday, she said. She called on citizens to participate in the assembly on the model of ancient Greece.

“Occupation of public space”

According to the group, they deliberately chose the weekend between the two rounds of the presidential election for their campaign. His spokeswoman criticized the fact that the environmental debate was largely excluded from the electoral campaign.

“Of course we reject far-right ideas,” she added, referring to next Sunday’s second round of elections, in which President Emmanuel Macron and right-wing populist Marine Le Pen will face off. .

At the same time, the spokeswoman announced that Extinction Rebellion would intensify the protests with “blockades and occupations of public space”. The international group had already blocked four bridges in London on Friday.

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