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In Pictures: Extinction Rebellion protesters launch summer uprising

Campaigners unveiled large coloured boats named after environmental activists, with the message ‘Act Now’ on them.

Extinction Rebellion protesters gather in Leeds (Danny Lawson/PA)
Extinction Rebellion protesters gather in Leeds (Danny Lawson/PA)

Environmental protesters unveiled large coloured boats across five UK cities as they called on the Government to halt wildlife losses and cut greenhouse gases to net zero by 2025.

Extinction Rebellion launched a “summer uprising” in Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow, Leeds and London.

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The boats are each named after an environmental activist, with the message ‘Act Now’ on them (Kirsty O’Connor/PA)
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Protesters targeted Leeds’ financial district to draw attention to the links between banking and the climate and ecological emergency (Danny Lawson/PA)
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The activists say they are staging a series of ‘creative acts of civil disobedience’ (Danny Lawson/PA)
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They were blocking specific locations, bridges and roads as well as holding talks, workshops, people’s assemblies and family-friendly activities (Danny Lawson/PA)
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Extinction Rebellion brought central London to a halt earlier this year with protests calling for environmental action (Danny Lawson/PA)
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Members of Extinction Rebellion parked a large green boat outside Cardiff Castle and held banners reading ‘Act Now’ and ‘Climate Emergency’ (Steffan Webb/PA)
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Protesters parked a large blue boat outside the Royal Courts of Justice in London, ahead of prosecutions of more than 1,000 people arrested during protests in April (Kirsty O’Connor/PA)
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Activists called for all the cases to be dropped (Kirsty O’Connor/PA)
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A leaflet handed out by campaigners said they were protesting ‘to prevent the breakdown of humanity’s life support system, the Earth’ (Kirsty O’Connor/PA)
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Protesters also said they were calling for the the UK Government to create a ‘national assembly’ to implement climate change solutions (Kirsty O’Connor/PA)
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People of all ages took part in the London event (Kirsty O’Connor/PA)

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