Extinction Rebellion: 5 protests planned in London this weekend

Two men stand on a glass canopy above the entrance as Extinction Rebellion environmental campaigners gather outside the headquarters of the BBC to protest about their alleged silence over...

Extinction Rebellion has staged protests across the world over the past week.

Climate Change protest group Extinction Rebellion is planning five more events in London this weekend.

Extinction Rebellion, known simply as XR, has stepped up its protests this week. There have been worldwide demonstrations as part of XR's October Rebellion plan to push the issue of climate change to the forefront of the media's attention.

With acts of mass civil disobedience, XR has attracted support and criticism in seemingly equal measure. The controversial methods used by the group are deemed necessary by many protesters, who are willing to risk being arrested to demonstrate how serious the climate change issue has become.

This weekend, five more events are planned in the United Kingdom's capital. Here are the five XR events planned on Saturday 12 October and Sunday 13 October, according to the organisation's website.

'Trade Unionists join the Rebellion'

A gate is blocked by protestors from the UNITE Trade Union at the HS2 Euston site on October 4, 2019 in London, England. Members of the UNITE London and Eastern Construction Sector...

On Saturday, between 12:30 and 15:30, trade unionists will take to the streets of London for a protest. XR is calling on trade unionists to show their famed solidarity towards those fighting against an oppressive regime. The rally will take place in Trafalgar Square.

Noting that many trade unionists were sympathetic towards the climate strike, XR said: "Now, it’s time to recognise the scale of the environmental catastrophe and get involved."

'Pop-up forest performance'

Extinction Rebellion demonstrator gather outside Brazilian embassy to protest and rise awareness about the massive fires in the Amazon rainforest, London on August 23, 2019. 

XR has planned a slightly different protest in East London. In Waltham Forest - the borough of culture with an apt slogan of 'Welcome to the Forest' - there will be a forest performance on Saturday afternoon.

On the Facebook group, XR said: "As part of a day of activities celebrating trees we'll be creating a Pop-up Forest performance to remind the Government that we need to Act Now with nature based solutions." But there is rain forecast for the event, which takes place between 13:30 and 15:30, and only seven people have confirmed they are going on Facebook.

'There is strength in grief'

Extinction Rebellion activists stage a funeral march for the fashion industry along the Strand on the final day of London Fashion Week on 17 September, 2019 in London, England. Protesters... 

In Marble Arch on Saturday, between 14:00 and 16:00, there will be a mock funeral as XR protesters unite in their "grief" at the climate emergency. Attendees are encouraged to gather at 13:30 for a 14:00 start and to wear black, white and pink.

There is a busy schedule for the march, including a "jazz-funeral band", flags, banners and an orchestra greeting the protest when it concludes in Russell Square. XR said: "Express yourself in accordance to the mourning rituals of your culture. Start in nature, end in nature. We unite in grief, rage and love for life on Earth."

'Women's Resistance for Climate Action'

Mothers stage a mass breastfeeding protest as part of the Extinction Rebellion demonstrations on Whitehall on October 9, 2019 in London, England. Climate change activists are gathering to...

There is another march on Saturday. At 14:00, Mothers Rise Up is hosting a march from St James' Park to Russell Square. Then, the rally continues at SOAS as a celebration for Indigenous People's Day. This event finishes at around 20:00.

XR said: "Women, the primary carers everywhere, have been leading the resistance to climate change, protecting precious land from mining, deforestation, water poisoning and cash crops."

'The Beacon'

An Extinction Rebellion environmental activist couple getting married at an action site they are calling ‘The Beacon’ on Westminster Bridge . Primarily made up of London based activists...

For the second successive Sunday, XR is lighting 'The Beacon' in the only protest planned in London. It is an all-day event, commencing at 07:30 and finishing at 23:00. This is a repeat of last Sunday's protest - where a couple got married.

The march starts at 'Trafalgar Square’s Burning Earth' and heads in the direction of 'The Beacon' at Westminster Bridge. XR said: It’s time to light The Beacon, to shine a light on the climate emergency, and guide our planet to safe harbour. Because if we ACT NOW, we can limit the destruction faced by a total climate catastrophe.

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