London: Police arrest more people on Waterloo Bridge

By Ahmet Gurhan Kartal

LONDON (AA) – Police on Tuesday arrested more than 20 protesters on London's Waterloo Bridge on the second day of demonstrations staged by a climate group.

This comes after more than a 100 overnight arrests as the protest brought London to a standstill with some roads in the city blocked since Monday morning.

London Metropolitan Police issued a public order act as of Monday evening, which means that protesters should leave the scene when they are asked to.

“The Metropolitan Police Service is currently dealing with a number of demonstrations taking place across London, ” Chief Superintendent Colin Wingrove said.

“We have officers out on the ground engaging with protestors and local communities to ensure proportionate policing plans are in place,” he 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.”

The protesters have blocked Waterloo Bridge, one of the main passages across River Thames.

The rallies are also being held in Marble Arch and Oxford Circus, other hotspots in the British capital.

The organizers, Extinction Rebellion, a grassroots activist movement, have said they plan to continue the protests throughout the week.

The protesters are demanding the government to declare a state of “climate emergency ” and reforms “to address climate change as an educational priority “.