‘HOW DARE THEY‘ Commuter fury as Extinction Rebellion jump on DLR train in London protests

Police have closed the platform off to the general public after protesters from claimate change group Extinction Rebellion stormed the train. There are up to police officers in the station and with several other station employees rushing around. Two protesters, dressed in business atire, staged a protest on the roof of a DLR train at Canary Wharf station while holding a banner emblazoned with “climate emergency”. The man and woman said they were staging a “peaceful protest” and were planning to glue themselves to the train.

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I‘m going to be late for work now! How dare these people inconvenience others getting from one place to the other!

Below them, a bearded demonstrator wearing a hi-vis vest glued his hand to the train window before being removed by officers and arrested.

Passengers are able to get off trains but no travellers are allowed onto platforms to join the train.

Protesters are silently holding their banners.

Police and station staff are advising passengers to make alternative arrangements.

Extinction Rebellion said in a statement: “Our aim is to create moments in time when humanity stops and fully considers the extent of the harm we have done and are doing to life on earth.

“It is vitally important at this time. It is a matter of life and death – whether you live in Tower Hamlets or Taipei, Melbourne or Mumbai.”

London protests have brought down the DLR (Image: REUTERS )

Dozens of commuters have voiced their anger and frustration at the disruption to their journeys. 

A passerby raged: “I‘m going to be late for work now! How dare these people inconvenience others getting from one place to the other!” 

Music student Anouska Stahlmann said the protests have forced her mother and elderly grandparents to walk across London to find alternative transport.

The 20-year-old‘s mother has lupus, while her grandparents, who are in their 70s, were travelling from their home in Buckinghamshire to see Ms Stahlmann‘s sister perform in a play in south-east London.

She told the Press Association: “Considering my grandma has sciatica and my grandad has asthma, disruption on the Tubes is not an option.

“They really risk being stuck in a tunnel.”

Plice remove the Extinction Rebellion protester from the top of the train (Image: EPA)

Ms Stahlmann added: “I have no issue with wanting to better the environment and we‘re fairly conscious of it as a family,” she said. “Their methods, however, are seriously flawed and are not inclusive of people who want to support the cause.

“I find it awful they‘re disintegrating into a rent-a-mob mentality really. I‘d expect better.”

One woman, who had three young children with her, one of which began crying, said: “The weather is beautiful and I just wanted to take the kids out for a lovely day.

“That has been ruined and they are now getting really agitated.”

One passerby told Express: “There are police officers everywhere. They are blocking off the station.

“Trains are still pulling in and out of the platforms.

“They look to be on top of the train to Lewisham. They’re not saying anything, just silently holding a banner.”

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One protestor glued his left hand to a window of the DLR train (Image: GETTY)

Sefan White, 24, who works for a company that produces bar snacks in sustainable packaging, was stopped getting to work by the protesters.

He said: “I work for company that makes a bar snacks in 100 percent recycled packaging – the first in the UK.

“I‘m devastated. I‘m trying to get to a job now. We‘ve got to go round Camden on a 30-pub journey and we‘re going to be late now.

“We‘re probably going to lose money today.

“They‘ve had their picture, fair enough, that‘s all you need now. Why is he spending 15 minutes on top of the tube? Explain that.”

The stunt comes as Wi-Fi at tube stations was disabled in a bid to stop campaigners intent on disrupting services co-ordinating their protest. Action was taken afteractivists threatened to glue themselves to Underground trains to bring travel to a standstill. 

 

London protestors said they would glue themselves to the train (Image: EPA )

Transport for London (TfL) said: “We will restore access as soon as we are able to do so.”

Climate Extinction Rebellion have caused massive disruption around the UK in the last few weeks.

The stunt comes on the third day of a series of climate change protests which have led to nearly 300 people being arrested in the capital.

A British Transport Police (BTP) spokeswoman said: “In the interests of safety and to prevent and deter serious disruption to the London Underground network, BTP has taken the decision to restrict passenger Wi-Fi connectivity at Tube stations.

“We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and we would like to assure passengers that this decision is not taken lightly and will be reviewed throughout the day.”

London protestors have brought travel in the capital to a standstill (Image: GETTY )

Groups of people have taken to the streets and blockaded traffic in a number of cities in a bid to raise awareness of the growing climate crisis.

Campaigners warned they would disrupt the London Underground to “highlight the emergency of ecological collapse”.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said he is “frsutrated” by the damage and disruption this protest is causing but appealed to the activists to work with the authorities. 

He told Sky News: “The issue about which the protesters are demonstrating is a vey important issue – we do face a client emergency and the Government has been too slow to act on climate change.

“But it‘s really important the organisers work with the police and others to ensure they protest peacefully.

Extinction Rebellion protesters blocked Oxford Circus for a third successive day (Image: AFP / GETTY)

“I’m concerned by the difficulties people are facing getting to work and the challenges businesses are facing, but protesters are now targeting public transport.

“For centuries, our city has been one where people protest. I’m frustrated by the damage this is causing to the public transport system.”

The protests have been a huge blow to businesses in London‘s West End, having already cost them £12million, with some seeing a 25 percent drop in sales and footfall. 

Jace Tyrrell, chief executive of the New West End Company, which represents businesses in the area, said: “This additional pressure is deeply damaging to London‘s economy and reputation.”

Police said they expected the demonstrations to continue in the next few weeks and promised to take action if necessary.

Chief Superintendent Colin Wingrove said: “We need to ensure we are striking the right balance between allowing the right to a peaceful protest, while ensuring disruption to communities is kept to a minimum.”

Additional reporting by Rebecca Perring 

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