Photos: Chaos & misery in London caused by small number of activists

The area around central Westminster, home to Parliament, has been completely blocked off by protestors.

Of the small number of protestors out, many have taken to acting as human roadblocks by lying in the roads

Videos and images today from the roads off of Parliament Square show the usually busy roads completely empty. Yet despite the disruption to traffic, few protestors are in attendance.

The protests, which have been carried out throughout the week in central London, are designed to cause maximum destruction in order to raise awareness of climate change.

The group who claim responsibility online call themselves #ExtinctionRebellion.

According to their website their group stands to " use(s) non-violent civil disobedience to achieve radical change in order to minimise the risk of human extinction and ecological collapse.

BBC reports claim nearly 300 activists have been arrested by the Metropolitan Police, as of today.

Commuters in and around the capital have suffered major disruption to their daily journey. Up to 500,000 people were affected by the diversion of 55 bus routes.

Activists have taken to playing chess and sudoku to keep themselves busy during sit-ins

The group have also threatened to cause difficulty for tube passengers in a bid to further highlight their cause.

The British Transport Police (BTP) tweeted a warning to those travelling in around London today: " Travelling into #London today? We're anticipating disruption to Tube services as a result of #ExtinctionRebellion protest activity. Check before you travel with @TFL. A number of additional officers are on patrol throughout the day. "

Later reports by the BTP stated that officers had dealt with unrest at Canary Wharf tube station, a major financial hub. They tweeted : " We’re currently dealing with #ExtinctionRebellion protests at Canary Wharf DLR station. One man arrested on suspicion of obstructing the railway. "

Speaking to the BBC, Supt Matt Allingham said extra officers would be on duty throughout the day: "We will not tolerate any activity which disrupts the millions of passengers who rely on using the rail network in London."

Of the small number of protestors out today, many have taken to acting as human road blocks by lying in the roads.

Protestors keep themselves amused by reading books, playing chess or enjoying the beautiful April sunshine with a bit of a snooze.

The main stage area on Parliament Square (above), which serves as the main rallying point, remains virtually empty. One lone speaker shouts into a megaphone in attempt to drum up support from bemused tourists and local workers.

Some activists have taken to lying in the roads around Parliament to highlight the issue of climate change

Speaking to Conservative Progress about recent events, Andrew Rosindell MP said “ It’s not right that these self appointed activists can ruin the everyday lives of Londoners like this. Surely the use of public transport should be encouraged."

"It seems this group seem more intent on causing mischief than they do addressing the main issue here. Climate Change is an important issue and I’m glad the Conservative party are leading the way in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Climate change is a big issue. However, I fail to see how ruining the daily routines of so many citizens of London helps raise awareness.

As Andrew Rosindell MP says, thanks to the Conservatives, the UK has played a leading role as the world has worked towards a global deal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Since 1990, the UK has cut emissions by more than 40 %. The UK is on track to meet the 2050 target to reduce emissions of all greenhouse gases by 80%.

However, more needs to be done by all sections of society. Preventing climate change is requires an international effort and I hope that the UK gets the opportunity to host the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in 2020, so we can push the UK's friends and allies to do more.

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