By Rory Tingle For Mailonline
Published: 13:37 BST, 1 September 2020 | Updated: 14:37 BST, 1 September 2020
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
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
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
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