Oct 7, 2019

Climate activists block roads in major cities around the world

Extinction Rebellion group in London. Photo: John Keeble/Getty Images

Thousands of climate change activists led by group Extinction Rebellion kickstarted 2 weeks of peaceful protesting around the world on Monday to demand a drastic global reduction in carbon dioxide emissions, Reuters reports.

The big picture: Protests throughout Europe, Australia and New Zealand saw activists blocking busy bridges and roads, gluing and chaining themselves to cars and lampposts, and singing together as police stepped in to arrest them. In Amsterdam, activists held signs that read: “SORRY that we blocked the road, but this is an emergency," per Reuters.

The mass movement is the latest protest organized by Extinction Rebellion, a climate group founded in the U.K. that rose to prominence after blocking traffic for 11 days in London in April.

  • On Monday, 276 activists from Extinction Rebellion in London and more than 100 in Amsterdam were arrested for obstructing roads.
  • Protestors in New York City spattered the Wall Street Bull and themselves with fake blood, laying down around the statue to convey a message of urgency.

What to watch: Extinction Rebellion announced it plans to protest in more than 60 cities over the next 2 weeks in an effort to pressure governments to meet its demands for reducing greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2025.

In photos
Theater group by a sculpture on Lambeth Bridge on Monday in London, England. Photo: Guy Smallman/Getty images
Extinction Rebellion protesters create a blockade in London. Photo: Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images
Potsdamer Platz square in Berlin, Germany. Photo: Abdulhamid Hosbas/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images
Protestors outside the building where the Bayer-Monsanto office is located in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Photo: Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP via Getty Images

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In photos: Violent weekend protests break out around the world

A bus burns down in Santiago, Chile on Oct. 18. Photo: Claudio Reyes/AFP via Getty Images

Protests blazed across the world this weekend, as outrage over Chile's economic situation boiled over, separatist Catalan activists again clashed with police, and tens of thousands amassed in day three of anti-government corruption protests in Lebanon.

Where it stands: Hundreds of civilians and law enforcement officers have been injured in all three countries, in unrelated protests that have dragged on for days.

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In photos: Unrest in Barcelona after Spain jails Catalan separatists

Barcelona firefighters put out blazes during protests on Wednesday. Photo: Robert Marquardt/Getty Images

Barcelona's streets were ablaze Wednesday night, as police and protesters clashed after thousands turned out for a third day to rally for independence from Spain, Reuters reports.

The big picture: Peaceful protests against Spain’s Supreme Court sentencing of 9 Catalan separatist leaders this week to 9–13 years in prison for charges including sedition erupted into violence, with reports of riot police firing tear gas and activists throwing petrol bombs and torching cars, per the Guardian.

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In photos: Nationals beat the Astros to win their first World Series

The Washington Nationals celebrate after overcoming the Houston Astros to win the 2019 World Series at Minute Maid Park in Houston Wednesday. Photo: Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via Getty Images

The Washington Nationals are World Series champions for the first time ever after defeating the Houston Astros on their home ground in Game 7.

Check out the dramatic moments that unfolded at Minute Maid Park in Houston on Wednesday night:

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