Extinction Rebellion protesters block Oxford Circus after gluing themselves to giant pink table
Watch: XR protesters glue themselves to McDonald’s in central London
Police have removed climate change protesters from a demonstration in central London after they glued themselves to a giant pink table.
Extinction Rebellion protesters blocked roads near Oxford Circus and refused to move when officers asked them to.
Authorities then moved in when they fixed themselves to the table and also made a human chain surrounding a cordoned area.
Officers were seen carrying dozens of people to police vans.
Police have arrested at least 200 protesters after four days of protests and environmental demonstrations in central London.
Members of Extinction Rebellion (XR) targeted Piccadilly Circus, Oxford Street and the Brazilian embassy on Wednesday, hours after members of another protest group glued themselves to a McDonald's in Leicester Square.
Activists who gathered by the Brazilian embassy say they targeted the building over “the genocidal attacks being waged against Brazil’s indigenous peoples”.
Brazil's president Jair Bolsonaro, 66, has been accused of presiding over a surge of destruction in the Amazon rainforest and attempting to open indigenous reservations and other protected lands to mining.
The previous night, protesters who glued themselves to McDonald’s were arrested.
Members of Animal Rebellion – which is closely aligned with XR – gathered for an “occupation” of the Leicester Square branch of the fast-food giant.
Protesters were pictured with their hands glued to the glass, while others held up yellow flags at the front of the store.
Shortly before the protest, Animal Rebellion tweeted: “Feeling sleepy? Leave your wallet at home and come with a snack, some superglue and a sleeping bag.”
While staging the McDonald's protest, Animal Rebellion said: “There are now three rebels glued on at our McSleep-in as we occupy McDonald’s Leicester Square for the slumber party of the year!
“We’ll be here all night to send a message to McDonald’s that it’s time to stop sleeping on the job and transition to a plant-based food system.”
Watch: XR activists block Whitehall on second day of London protests
But police were soon called to the “sleepover” and Animal Rebellion claimed 36 “rebels” had been arrested.
Yahoo News UK has contacted the Metropolitan Police for a comment.
A total of 196 arrests had been made as of 6pm on Wednesday, according to the force’s website.
It said the arrests were for a variety of offences.
Earlier on Tuesday, XR said two women had been arrested for spray painting the floor outside HM Revenue and Customs.
An elderly woman who lay in the road was carried off by four policemen and appeared to be arrested, with XR protesters suggesting this was for obstruction.
Other demonstrators lay in front of a banner saying “government in bed with climate criminals”.
After gathering at Parliament Square, demonstrators ran towards slow-moving traffic on Whitehall.
A Transport for London spokesperson said Parliament Street in Whitehall was blocked in both directions and that there was slow-moving traffic in pockets of central London near Embankment and in Westminster, with local delays expected.
A silent protest of some 20 demonstrators wearing burlap fabric with their bodies painted white also walked down from Trafalgar Square towards Whitehall.
Their robes had signs with slogans including “Funding Climate Hell”, “Burned Gas Burned Our Future” and “Permitted New Oil Drilling In Spite of Crisis”.
The giant pink table erected in the middle of a central London street by protesters on Monday has been dismantled by police.
Segments of the four-metre structure were seen being carried off by men in hard hats and blue overalls on Tuesday.
XR kicked off its two-week "Impossible Rebellion" protests on Monday when demonstrators blocked roads in central London, including around Trafalgar Square, as they demanded the government immediately end investment in fossil fuels that they say are driving climate change.
The Met said a “significant” operation would be in place for the protests over the bank holiday weekend but also acknowledged the activists’ “important cause”.
Watch: XR start two-week climate protests in London