Extinction Rebellion protests: Police arrest more than 680 people

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"There are conditions imposed on the other locations and you will be arrested".

Police say more than 680 people have now been arrested in connection with the climate change protests in central London - as they started clearing demonstrators away from Oxford Circus - describing the disruption caused by the Extinction Rebellion blockades as "unacceptable". "We are determined to keep the airport operating."Heathrow said it was "working with the authorities to address any threat of protests which could disrupt the airport".

Police have made more than 460 arrests since the protests began on Monday.

The protesters - gathered by an environmentalist group called the Extinction Rebellion - demanded the government to acknowledge there is an environment crisis, enact legally binding policies to reduce carbon emission by 2025 and form citizens' assembly to "oversee the changes" needed to achieve this goal.

This has got to be the right use of everybody's time, we are sleepwalking into a climate catastrophe.

Eventually, police officers returned to remove protesters, as fellow demonstrators cheered and chanted slogans at them.

Although unable to confirm how many were being sent to the capital he said the force would have officers present on Saturday and Sunday.

He said: "We are talking about the collapse of our civilisations within our children's lifetimes if we don't take action now".

"We need to stop digging them up and burning them, that is the biggest thing we can do to avert climate and ecological catastrophe".

The pace of reduction in emissions called for by Extinction Rebellion is far faster than that urged by the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which a year ago recommended they be cut to zero on a global basis by 2050.

Police said they expected the demonstrations to continue for the next few weeks.

Extra police officers have been drafted in at some the main sites in London where climate change protesters are blocking traffic. Government advisors will suggest new targets next month.

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