THE Extinction Rebellion movement took to the streets in the Spanish capital yesterday (Sunday) in defence of the Oceans. “the dead oceans”, coinciding with the celebration of the Climate Summit in Madrid.
Some 50 activists demonstrated along the Capital’s streets of Fuencarral and Montera, before reaching the Puerta del Sol, carrying skeletons of extinct or threatened marine species and shouting “against extinction, we are the rebellion”.
Saul Flores spokesperson for Extinction Rebellion stated that the Ocean, the planet’s main lung and main source of oxygen has been suffering the causes of climate change and ecological crisis for decades, announcing that Extinction Rebellion was not going to lower its pressure in the second and last week of the COP25 summit and will continue with demonstrations in Madrid.
The protest led to two arrests by radicals for attending the Climate Summit March with knives and hammers and a man of German nationality was identified yesterday by the National Police for allowing his children, aged 8 and 11, to hang precariously from a bridge on Paseo de la Castellana during the march.
Several activists were involved in helping the children to be suspended over the bridge as thousands of demonstrators marched between Atocha and Nuevos Ministerios.
Armed with helmets, ropes and harnesses, the children unfurled a banner that read “there are only 8 years left until 1.5 degrees. How dare you”.
Meanwhile, Extinction Rebellion shut down a London tourist hotspot.
The activists in London planned the protest in order to create a message about air pollution on “a highly polluted street in London”. The protest occurred on the busy central London street of Cranbourn Street.
The group has stated that it is trying to demand action on climate change from the next government ahead of Thursday’s election.
The protest comes as the group caused chaos on Sunday around Heathrow Airport, a mass bicycle convoy along the A4 artery towards Heathrow, caused severe congestion while en route to the airport.