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Cary Marshall | 16 April, 2019, 06:23

At 11am on Monday, protesters in London aim to set up camps at Marble Arch, Oxford Circus, Waterloo Bridge, Parliament Square and Piccadilly Circus.

Extinction Rebellion (XR), an environmentalist group responsible for causing scenes in the House of Commons earlier this month when semi-naked activists stripped off in Parliament as MPs tried to debate Brexit, claim they intend to occupy the roads for at least 72 hours.

Environmental protesters have mobilized to take over five of London's most iconic locations, bringing streets to a standstill, with the aim of forcing the United Kingdom government to take serious action on the "global climate emergency".

Extinction Rebellion has said that it will continue the protests in London all week, escalating the disruption day by day.

Hundreds of protesters had also blocked Waterloo Bridge, which was closed in both directions, with campaign group Extinction Rebellion declaring on their Twitter page: "We have taken Waterloo Bridge!"

He said: "People are frustrated and angry but if we don't stop climate change there will be a complete breakdown of society".

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The group says that it intends to "bring London to a standstill for up to two weeks".

Demonstrators arrived at London's Hyde Park on Sunday, some having journeyed to the city on foot in recent weeks from various parts of the United Kingdom for what is described as an "International Rebellion".

The London protest is just one of 80 across the world in 33 different countries, according to organisers.

The Royal Parks said Extinction Rebellion had not asked for permission to begin their protests in Hyde Park and repeated camping is not allowed.

Scotland Yard said they have "appropriate policing plans" in place for the demonstrations and that officers will be used from across the force "to support the public order operation during the coming weeks".

Police have advised Londoners to leave extra time for their journeys because of possible delays caused by the protest.

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