Since the period of protest began on September 1, police have arrested 680 people. The arrests were for a number of different offences, including obstructing the highway, criminal damage and breaching the conditions set under Section 14 of the Public Order Act (1986).
Commander Jane Connors, the Gold Commander for London said it was important to clampdown on protests during a “public health crisis”.
She warned the number of arrests was “likely to rise”.
She said: “Undoubtedly, Extinction Rebellion’s latest protests have been a significant challenge for officers, especially as we remain in a public health crisis. I would like to thank them for their outstanding professionalism in policing the events over the past two weeks.
“At the beginning of this period of protests we warned demonstrators that if they failed to comply with conditions in place that they may be liable to arrest.
“The public have a right to protest, but they do not have a right to cause disruption to the communities and businesses across London. That is why we took swift action to make a number of arrests.
“This has been a large policing operation and we will continue to investigate those who we suspect to have committed offences, so the number of arrests is likely to rise.”
Protests are due to finish today.
Earlier this week, Home Secretary Priti Patel said that she refused to allow the “guerrilla tactics” and “anarchy” of the climate protesters on the streets of the UK.
Last week, protesters blockaded printing presses which left some newsagents’ shelves empty and also blocked a number of roads and bridges in Westminster.
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