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News - 17 October 2019 (Left Foot Forward)

Commuters were filmed this morning, Thursday 17 October, physically attacking Extinction Rebellion protesters after they climbed on the roof of a London tube train. Rush-hour Jubilee Line trains at Canning Town could not depart as protest action delayed the driver. One man shouted: “I need to get to work!” as a protestor stood on the roof of the stopped train. A woman could also be heard yelling: “It’s a hoax! The world is not coming to an end!” Video posted on Twitter clearly shows commuters arguing with the protestors, before one or two tried to physically drag protesters off the train. Disruption was also experienced on the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) heading west into the City, location of many corporate offices, including many firms in the financial services sector. More protestors have been arrested, according to British Transport Police — who also criticised the commuters who “took matters into their own hands”. Extinction Rebellion has had a blanket Section 14 order imposed on the protests, and were ejected from Trafalgar Square overnight. At press-time the group was entering the courts for a hearing that they hope will rescind the ban in time for Friday, 18 October – the penultimate day of this month’s wave of action. . .

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