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Climate protesters block road in bid to stop Boris getting to parliament

An Extinction Rebellion protester is removed by police officers in Parliament Square (Picture: PA)

Extinction Rebellion protesters have been dragged away by police after trying to block Boris Johnson from getting to Parliament.

Dozens of officers swooped on a group of activists who refused to move after lying down in the middle of the road next to Parliament Square.

The climate group said the focus for its second day of action in central London was to disrupt the Prime Minister’s arrival for PMQs at midday.

At least 90 people were arrested yesterday as thousands of campaigners descended on Westminster, blocking roads and bringing traffic to a standstill.

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Extinction Rebellion protesters block the road during a protest by the House of Parliament (Picture: PA)
An elderly activist with a walking stick is taken away by police officers (Picture: Reuters)
Police officers lift an activist from her wheelchair outside the Houses of Parliament yesterday (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

The Metropolitan Police said offences included assaulting an officer, obstructing police and public order breaches.

XR’s oldest protester, John Lynes, 92, was seen walking with a stick as several officers led him away from Parliament Square.

Video later showed another elderly protester being carried into her wheelchair by officers before being escorted away outside Westminster Abbey.

The Met has said gatherings could only take place off the main roads at Parliament Square between 8am and 7pm.

Any activists who do not leave by 7pm risk being arrested.

Police have also banned boats, vehicles, trailers or other structures from being part of the demonstrations.

Various stunts are due to take place throughout the day, including a ‘climate corpses’ display on Parliament Square and a ‘cry for help’ by grandparent activists.

Last year, more than 1,700 arrests were made within XR’s 10-day ‘Autumn Uprising’, which saw major disruption across the UK and large parts of central London blocked off.

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