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G7 summit protests – More than 500 Extinction Rebellion demonstrators block roads & chant ‘liars’ in Cornwall gathering

MORE than 500 demonstrators have blocked roads and branded world leaders “liars” as Extinction Rebellion mount a protest near the G7 summit in Cornwall.

Supporters of the climate activist group gathered in St Ives as leaders kicked off the three-day G7 summit in Carbis Bay.

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Extinction Rebellion supporters marched through the centre of St Ives[/caption]


Members of ‘Blackbirds XR’ got dressed up to stage their protest[/caption]


Supporters gathered outside St Ives’ leisure centre before staging their demonstration[/caption]


Other demonstrators got dressed up in green robes to make their point[/caption]

Members of Extinction Rebellion gave speeches in the town’s leisure centre before taking to the streets.

Members of the group said they were there to represent the threat to seas and wildlife if more decisive action is not taken to combat climate change.

Others were wearing XR’s famous symbol as patches on their clothes.

Flags could also be seen which said “G7 drowning in promises” and “Action not words”.

The members then led a procession through St Ives.


Chants of ‘act now’ could be heard[/caption]


More than 500 people are said to have taken part[/caption]


Demonstrators held a noisy but peaceful protest[/caption]

The colourful procession through St Ives was accompanied by police officers.

Activists drummed a continuous beat along with chants of “act now” and “sound the alarm”.

Several local residents came outside of their homes to watch the procession.

They could be seen filming it on their phones and taking pictures.

Devon and Cornwall Police said in a Twitter message they were monitoring the situation and warned locals to expect delays in the area, particularly the town centre.

Some demonstrators also held a silent protest while others gathered on the town’s beach putting on cardboard cut outs of the faces of the world leaders.


Protestors gathered on the beach dressed up as world leaders[/caption]


Protestors carry an eye-catching banner as part of the demo[/caption]

Olympic sailor Laura Baldwin, 41, also took part in the protests as a member of Ocean Rebellion – Extinction Rebellion’s ocean-focused campaign group.

“I’m down here for the duration of the summit, I learnt about the climate emergency in January 2019 and I’ve not been able to focus on anything since,” she told PA.

“I’ve absorbed and understood the dire warnings of the world-leading scientists, academics and David Attenborough. I’m the mother of an eight-year-old son and there’s constant contradictions of their words with their actions. As a result I’m terrified for the future of my child and all our children.

“I think it’s wonderful to see so many people coming here today in creative ways.”


Extinction Rebellion supporters put on a theatrical display[/caption]


Some went to elaborate lengths to get their views noticed[/caption]

Ms Baldwin added she was more worried about the state of the planet than any competition she has undertaken as an Olympian.

She said: “I’m part of Ocean Rebellion because I’m an Olympic sailor and the ocean is where my heart is. I love the water and respect it.”

The environmental group has managed to grab the headlines in the past with colourful and often wacky demonstrations such as gluing themselves to roads and tubes to disrupt transport.

However many of their protests have been highly controversial with many complaining about their methods of demonstrating.

In September last year the group blockaded newspaper print works across the country, disrupting the distribution of national newspapers.

The action brought condemnation from the Home Secretary Priti Patel who dubbed their activities as “guerrilla tactics” and added those involved should “face the full force of the law”.

Leaders of the G7 countries have gathered in Cornwall for talks where they are expected to discuss a number of issues including a global response to the coronavirus, environmental concerns and economic strategy, amongst others.

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