These are the Tube lines affected by the Extinction Rebellion protests

Narjas Zatat@Narjas_Zatat
Thursday 17 October 2019 08:30
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Last updated: 08:30pm, 17/10/2019

Commuter chaos in London as signal failures combine with climate change group Extinction Rebellion announcing they will disrupt the London underground during rush hour.

The protests are part of a series that have seen thousands of people from the group arrested in the capital as the police banned Extinction Rebellion protests, something that has been labelled "unlawful" which the group will challenge in a meeting on Thursday.

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Demonstrations had already started on Tuesday and protests shut down services on the Jubilee Line from North Greenwich to Stratford on Tuesday.

There are delays caused in and around Canning Town and sections of the Docklands Light Railway DLR according to an incident with campaigners and commuters.

On Thursday morning furious commuters were seeing pulling Extinction Rebellion protesters from the top of a Jubilee Line Tube train at Canning Town station in east London after they unfurled a banner saying: "Business as usual = death."

They were then seen beating up the campaigners before they were arrested.

According to reports at least 1,640 people have been arrested since XR began its two-week protest in London.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has "strongly condemned" the protests.

Khan called the actions "illegal and dangerous" and urged protesters to act within the confines of the law.

In a statement posted to Twitter he said:

I strongly condemn the Extinction Rebellion protestors who have targeted the London Underground and DLR this morning. 

This illegal action is extremely dangerous, counterproductive and is causing unacceptable disruption to Londoners who use public transport to get to work. It is also an unfair burden on our already overstretched police officers. 

I urge demonstrators to protest peacefully and within the boundaries of the law.

Non-violent activist group Extinction Rebellion has vowed to continue their civil disobedience protests by causing travel disruptions in an effort to force the government to take affirmative action against climate change.

An XR statement said:

The actions form part of an ongoing campaign intended to increase pressure upon the Government. In April, people focused on the Docklands Light Railway at Canary Wharf, creating iconic images and film footage that were seen around the world. These latest actions may be seen as a continuation of the same campaign, due to continued Government inaction.

In the UK activists are demanding the government declare a climate and ecological emergency and to act to halt biodiversity loss and reduce greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2025.

Which tube lines are currently delayed?

Docklands Light Railway (DLR) : Severe delays Bank to Lewisham/Woolwich Arsenal and Tower Gateway to Beckton.

Jubilee Line: Minor delays between Stanmore and Finchley Road

According to TFL all other lines are running good services but we will keep you updated. More info here.

On Monday, Scotland Yard issued a section 14 order banning the group from demonstrating anywhere in the capital, prompting mass outrage, with many calling it an attack on civil liberties and the right to protest.

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