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It says the protest is about demanding "meaningful action on the climate and ecological emergency". Metropolitan Police officers impounded vehicles containing equipment being moved into central London ready for Monday and arrested ten people.

"Police are really, really heavy on us", Sophie Cowen, a spokesperson for Extinction Rebellion, the group behind the protests, told CBS News, moments after a demonstrator was hauled off by police on London's Westminster Bridge.

The police also used stop-and-search powers on members of the group and conducted a pre-emptive raid on a warehouse storing equipment over the weekend.

Extinction Rebellion protesters are vowing to shut down Westminster as they demand urgent action on the climate and environmental crises. "But it was all very peaceful and non-violent this morning".

A line of Edmonton police officers placed themselves between the protesters and the motorists to keep the peace, while a duty officer negotiated an end to the protest.

On Monday, banging drums and chanting, protesters in London took over Trafalgar Square and marched down the Mall, the avenue that leads to Buckingham Palace, carrying banners with slogans such as "Climate change denies our children a future unless we act now".

"We respect people's right to peaceful protest and will facilitate same".

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In Berlin, dozens of climate change activists blocked traffic at a main square, defying nearly freezing temperatures.

"Many people around the world can't protest because they haven't got the resources or the time, or they're scared of the harm it might cause them", he added.

"The UK Government passed a motion to make a declaration of a climate & environment emergency May 1 but have failed to #ActNow. They are telling us to panic". "So far we haven't seen any action".

"We don't want to target any particular individual business owner".

Protesters shut down the Burrard Street Bridge to traffic Monday starting at 9:30 a.m. for an "all day" protest calling for action on climate change.

Another blockade at Potsdamer Platz, another central intersection, started at about 12pm.

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Climate activists from Extinction Rebellion (XR) blocked roads around the Victory Column near the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin early on Monday morning as the first wave in a day of "civil disobedience" in the German capital got underway.

Police began forcibly removing climate change activists who blocked a major street in downtown Amsterdam on Monday, arresting 50 after they defied orders to move their demonstration onto a nearby square.

In an Extinction Rebellion stunt last week, fake blood was sprayed over the Treasury - although much of it ended up going back over the demonstrators themselves.

Extinction Rebellion is urging people to keep momentum going in the wake of the September 27 climate action strike that took place worldwide, including in Vancouver where an estimated 100,000 people marched from city hall to downtown Vancouver.

"This is an anti-democratic scandal for climate policy", Left party MP Lorenz Goesta Beutin told AFP, adding that Germany now risked breaching the 2015 Paris Agreement, which committed nearly all countries to reducing climate-altering carbon emissions. Activists are hoping for a similar impact in the USA, despite concerns over a more aggressive style of policing and an unsympathetic federal government, led by Donald Trump, that actively promotes fossil fuels and is regularly derisive of climate science.

Demonstrations are taking place simultaneously around the world.

Extinction Rebellion's Toronto chapter said disrupting traffic was a necessary, if inconvenient, tactic.

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Richard Collett-White reported for DeSmog, originally here.