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Extinction Rebellion return to occupy five UK cities in ‘summer uprising’

Freedom fighters: Extinction Rebellion boat outside the Royal Courts of Justice with further protests in four other cities PICTURES: REX/WALES NEWS/SWNS/GETTY

THE environmental protesters who brought central London to a standstill this April launched their ‘summer uprising’ yesterday, occupying parts of five major cities.

Extinction Rebellion has begun a series of ‘creative acts of civil disobedience’ by blocking locations in Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow, Leeds and London, and urging the government to halt wildlife losses and cut greenhouse gases to net zero by 2025.

Stern approach: Protesters block road with a boat outside Cardiff Castle, Wales

Protesters in each city unveiled a large coloured boat, all named after an environmental activist, with the message ‘Act Now’ painted on it.

In London, activists gathered outside the Royal Courts of Justice with their blue vessel, called the Polly Higgins in honour of an environmental lawyer who died this year. They are calling for the cases against more than 1,000 of the April protesters to be dropped.

Deck of a campaign: Leeds city centre was also brought to a halt

In Cardiff, the group moored a green boat outside Cardiff Castle, also setting up camp opposite City Hall.

Stephen Lingwood, 37, from Extinction Rebellion Cardiff, said: ‘We’re at the beginning of the sixth mass extinction and a climate genocide and the government’s inaction is, in my view, criminally irresponsible.’

Anchored: Five days of protests are planned for Bristol city centre with motorists advised to seek alternative routes

In Glasgow, activists used a 25ft purple boat to block Trongate. ‘The future you fear is already here,’ was one of the messages it bore.

Protesters also took over Bristol Bridge with a pink boat bearing the motif ‘Tell The Truth’, while in Leeds the financial district was targeted, with a ‘Planet Before Profit’ yellow vessel docked at Victoria Bridge.

We won’t be bowed: A roadblock near the Tron Clock tower in Glasgow