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Extinction Rebellion legal action over London protest ban

Extinction Rebellion activists are launching legal action against the police over a London-wide ban on their protests.

Extinction Rebellion protesters lock themselves to a caravan outside MI5 Headquarters

The move comes amid growing criticism of the ban, made under public order legislation already used to restrict the action to Trafalgar Square.

Activists continued protests in the capital in defiance of the police order, targeting the Department for Transport and locking themselves to a caravan on Millbank, prompting more arrests.

Extinction Rebellion protesters sit on top of a caravan outside MI5 Headquarters

Human rights lawyer Tobias Garnett, working for Extinction Rebellion, said the group would be filing a High Court claim challenging the ban on the grounds it is "disproportionate and unlawful".

Police use a magnetic drill to try and free the arms of two Extinction Rebellion protesters

Mayor Sadiq Khan - who oversees the Metropolitan Police, said he had asked officers to find a way for those who wanted to protest to be able to do so legally and peacefully.

He said he had "received assurances that Extinction Rebellion are not banned from protesting in our city", adding:

Neither I nor the Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime was informed before the Metropolitan Police took the operational decision to impose a Section 14 order on Extinction Rebellion Autumn Uprising last night.

I've met with senior officers today to seek further information on why they deemed this necessary.

– Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London
Extinction Rebellion protesters outside MI5 Headquarters

Under the current order, any assembly - classed as a gathering of two or more people - linked to the Extinction Rebellion 'Autumn Uprising' in London is unlawful.

Lawyers have questioned the legality of ban, aimed at halting further protests after more than a week of disruption by the environmental activists in London, while a number of politicians expressed outrage over the move.

Responding to the ban, teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg tweeted:

If standing up against the climate and ecological breakdown and for humanity is against the rules then the rules must be broken.

– Greta Thunberg