Climate change demonstration heats up

Signs in front of the Parliament at the end of the protest. (Emilie Herman)
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The demonstration for climate changes on Westminster Bridge ended up with violent altercations between protesters and the police on Saturday afternoon.

In front of the UK parliament in London, hundreds of people gathered exactly two months before the general elections for their voice regarding climate changes to be heard.

The march was created to receive more support and a better response from the UK Government before the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, in Paris, commencing 30th November 2015. The treaty’s main objective is to stabilise the concentrations of greenhouse gas at a level which prevent dangerous interference with the atmosphere.

The march began as a peaceful protest and then changed into a scuffle between the protesters and the police when time had come to re-open the bridge to the circulation.

A calm atmosphere between the police and the protesters on Westminster Bridge a few minutes before the altercation. (Emilie Herman)
A calm atmosphere between the police and the protesters on Westminster Bridge a few minutes before the altercation. (Emilie Herman)

To ensure the continuity of the march and prevent the police van from leaving Westminster Bridge, a group of protesters decided to sit in a semi-circle in front of the front of it; this action was at the origin of the altercation. The irritation growing quickly, both of the group started pushing each other and shouting at each other. No one was badly hurt.

Policemen protect their van during the altercation with protesters. (Emilie Herman)
Policemen protect their van during the altercation with protesters. (Emilie Herman)

The police formed a thick line in front of the van to force their way through demonstrators, who were chanting against the police during the violence ‘No Justice, No Peace, F**k the Police’.

Meanwhile, on Parliament Square, a few protesters decided to end the demonstration with a peaceful sit-in.

A man holding a his banner at the end of the protest at Parliament Square, where everything remained peaceful. (Emilie Herman)
A man holding a his banner at the end of the protest at Parliament Square, where everything remained peaceful. (Emilie Herman)

One of the protesters, Chris, a 49-year-old man from Walthamstow, London, said: ‘‘It’s important to have your voice heard, whenever. It’s not important that it is just before the elections. Back in September, we had another climate march and if it’s not repeated, people just forget it’’.

Protesters started their march to the Parliament at Lincoln’s Inn Fields. When signs blaming ‘capitalism [for creating] climate chaos’ were put up in the air, the demonstration started on a peaceful touch with slogans and megaphones, music and dance.

‘‘If you put an ‘x’ on the ballot box once every five years it’s pointless, it’s absolutely pointless. Taking part of the democracy is not putting a ‘x’ on a box, it’s standing on the street, it’s write to your MP and all these other things that have to come along putting an ‘x’ on the box,’’ added Chris.

Protesters with their signs during the march for climate change. (Emilie Herman)
Protesters with their signs during the march for climate change. (Emilie Herman)
Signs in front of the Parliament at the end of the protest. (Emilie Herman)
Signs in front of the Parliament at the end of the protest. (Emilie Herman)
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