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Extinction Rebellion protest during rush hour in Cardiff

Protesters gathered in Cardiff during rush hour. Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

Climate change activists are protesting in Cardiff with a mass cycle ride during the busy rush hour period.

Following similar protests in London last week, Extinction Rebellion have taken to the streets of the Welsh capital. Organisers claim approximately 200 people took part in the ride.

The mass cycle protest started from the Aneurin Bevan statute on Queen Street and took a route around busy Cardiff roads at 5:30pm.

Organisers say the same action is planned for tomorrow.

Protesters and interested members of the public were asked to bring their bikes or use Cardiff Council nextbike's to participate.

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In London, Extinction Rebellion groups from Cardiff, Brecon, Abergavenny and South West Wales were among the thousands of people who turned up to protest for climate change.

They took to the streets of the capital, disrupting commuters at Oxford Circus, Parliament Square and Waterloo Bridge.

The protest is set to last for 2 hours from 5:30pm Credit: Mike Erskine
Police in London prepare for the removal of Extinction Rebellion's giant pink boat.

Metropolitan Police said they have made over 1,000 arrests since the protests started a week ago.

The group identifies as "an international movement that uses non-violent civil disobedience to achieve radical change in order to minimise the risk of human extinction and ecological collapse".

South Wales Police had officers patrolling Cardiff city centre as the protests took place.

South Wales Police is aware of a planned protests in central Cardiff.
Officers will be on duty to facilitate peaceful protest while balancing the needs and rights of the wider community

– South Wales Police

Those taking part said it was about starting a conversation and having a say in democracy: