Activists from the green campaign group Extinction Rebellion are blocking two of the main thoroughfares across London.
This afternoon, climate activists arrived at two protest sites at Lambeth and Vauxhall bridges to stop traffic from crossing the river.
Thousands of green rebels are demonstrating across the capital today to protest Britain’s dependence on fossil fuels after the government doubled its pledge to exploit oil and gas reserves in the North Sea.
“Being on that bridge makes an impression and gets those in power to see and hear us,” said Ceilidh, a 20-year-old youth activist.
“There are a lot of young people on Lambeth Bridge, most of whom are under 18 and therefore cannot vote. This is the only way these young people can make their voices heard,” she added.
In a tweet, the Metropolitan Police confirmed that both bridges are closed. No arrests have been made so far, an Extinction Rebellion spokesman told City AM.
“Several protests are taking place across London today. At the moment the Lambeth and Vauxhall Bridges are closed due to a protest,” the Metropolitan Police wrote in a Twitter statement.
“We are working with our partners to reduce the disruption to Londoners,” police continued.
The Vauxhall and Lambeth Bridges are important crossing points for ambulances bringing patients to St Thomas Hospital.
Video footage shows activists making way for emergency vehicles to cross the bridge as doctors from an Extinction Rebellion branch join the protest.
The travel break comes amid a weekend of planned demonstrations by XR activists in the UK capital.
Extinction Rebellion activists marched through the streets of London yesterday, blocking roads near Oxford Street and Regent Street, while a banner reading ‘End Fossil Fuels Now’ was hung on London Bridge on Friday.
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