Thousands of Extinction Rebellion activists march on London as sun shines

Thousands of Extinction Rebellion activists march on London as sun shines... after meagre turnout over damp and dismal bank holiday weekend Protesters waved banners including 'Make Earth Great Again' as they marched in large numbers down Mall There was limited social distancing among the climate activists although many were wearing face coverings  There are also rallies taking place in Manchester and Cardiff as part of two-weeks of coordinated action  

By Rory Tingle For Mailonline

Published: 13:37 BST, 1 September 2020 | Updated: 14:37 BST, 1 September 2020

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At least five Extinction Rebellion activists have been arrested as protesters massed in London today to call on the government to take urgent steps to tackle change as they kicked off two weeks of controversial large-scale action.

Protesters today waved banners including 'Make Earth Great Again' as they marched in large numbers down the Mall - with limited social distancing despite current Covid restrictions. 

The rallies in Parliament Square and in Cardiff and Manchester come after protests planned for earlier in the year were cancelled due to the spread of the coronavirus. 

There were limited XR protests yesterday, including outside banks in Essex over the financial industry's investment in fossil fuels, but few activists turned out.  

Protesters today waved flags and banners as they marched in large numbers down the Mall - with limited social distancing despite current Covid restrictions, although many wore masks

Protesters today waved flags and banners as they marched in large numbers down the Mall - with limited social distancing despite current Covid restrictions, although many wore masks 

One of the group's activists being carried away by mask-wearing police during the protests in central London today

One of the group's activists being carried away by mask-wearing police during the protests in central London today 

This woman smiled as she was carried away by Met Police officers after she was blocking a road by Parliament Square

This woman smiled as she was carried away by Met Police officers after she was blocking a road by Parliament Square 

Another woman is moved away by officers during the first major protests on what XR says will be a two-week campaign

Another woman is moved away by officers during the first major protests on what XR says will be a two-week campaign

Police speak to a woman pretesting near Parliament. She is wearing an Extinction Rebellion logo on her t-shirt

Police speak to a woman pretesting near Parliament. She is wearing an Extinction Rebellion logo on her t-shirt 

Protesters held banners including 'Make Earth Great Again' while another read 'the only thing we should be burning is safe' in an apparent reference to the government's Covid advisory group

Protesters held banners including 'Make Earth Great Again' while another read 'the only thing we should be burning is safe' in an apparent reference to the government's Covid advisory group 

Demonstrations also took place at St Peter's Square in Manchester, where banners bore slogans including 'planet over profit'

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