Climate activists occupy Paris mall as global Extinction Rebellion protests begin

PARIS Hundreds of climate activists barricaded

themselves into a Paris shopping centre on Saturday as security forces tried

to remove them, ahead of a planned series of protests around the world by the

Extinction Rebellion movement.

Campaigners faced off against police and some inconvenienced shoppers as

they occupied part of the Italie 2 mall in southeast Paris.

They unfurled banners with slogans like Burn capitalism not petrol above

restaurants and the window displays fashion boutiques.

The protest comes ahead of planned disruption to 60 cities around the world

from Monday in a fortnight of civil disobedience, from Extinction Rebellion

(XR), which is warning of an environmental apocalypse.

As the centre tried to close up in the evening, security forces ordered the

protesters to leave the area, activists told AFP.

According to images broadcast on social networks, police then tried to

enter the building, while protesters blocked entrances with tables and

chairs.

I am with XR to say stop this crazy system before it destroys everything,

one young woman told AFP, giving only her first name Lucie.

Other campaign groups also joined in with the Paris shopping centre

demonstration, including some members of the yellow vest anti government

protest group.

Non violent protests are chiefly planned by XR from Monday in Europe, North

America, Australia, but events are also set to take place in India, Buenos

Aires, Cape Town and Wellington.

Another protest was held in Berlin on Saturday, with campaigners setting up

camp near the parliament building.

To governments of the world: we declared a climate and ecological

emergency. You did not do enough. To everybody else: rebel, XR said on its

website ahead of its International Rebellion wave of activism.

You can't count on us or Greta to do this for you, it said, referring to

teenage Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg. Look inside yourself and

rebel.

Extinction Rebellion was established last year in Britain by academics and

has become one of the world's fastest growing environmental movements.

Campaigners want the government to declare a climate and ecological

emergency, reduce greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2025, halt biodiversity

loss and be led by new citizens' assemblies on climate and ecological

justice.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)