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Extinction Rebellion: Giant table erected in London street dismantled

Extinction Rebellion: Giant table erected in London street dismantled

A table which was erected by Extinction Rebellion (XR) protesters in a central London street has been dismantled.

Demonstrators put up the 13ft (4m) tall table on Monday at the start of XR's fifth mass protest to demand that the government stops using fossil fuels.

The Met issued a dispersal order on Monday night before erecting scaffolding around the giant pink table on Tuesday morning and taking it apart.

More than 90 people have been arrested since the protests began.

The protest group is planning to disrupt London for a number of days.

Demonstrators had attached themselves to the legs of the table, erected near Leicester Square
People locked themselves together to block Parliament Street
On Tuesday, a group of people locked themselves together and blocked Parliament Street in Whitehall outside the offices of HM Revenue and Customs.


The Met tweeted that the demonstration in Whitehall was "causing unreasonable disruption to the community" and a number of arrests had been made.

Protesters also blocked Cambridge Circus, near Covent Garden, using a hire van with a number of people locked-on.

Demonstrators protested outside the offices of HM Revenue and Customs on Tuesday
Protesters used a hire van to block the junction at Cambridge Circus
The force said a total 52 arrests were made on Monday in connection with the protests, while as of 17:30 BST, 40 people had been arrested on Tuesday.

Those arrested have been held for a variety of offences.

Scotland Yard has previously said a "significant" operation would be in place for the protests, but it also acknowledged the activists' "important cause".

Police said a number of arrests had been made in Whitehall

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