The Metropolitan Police Service is determined to ensure that access to Parliament Square and the operation of Parliament is maintained throughout the course of Extinction Rebellion demonstrations today, Tuesday 23 April.
For this reason, conditions have been imposed on the protests planned to take place on the green of Parliament Square.
The decision to impose these conditions has been taken based on the information and intelligence available to the Met at this time, meaning the Met feels this action is necessary in order to prevent the demonstrations from causing serious disruption to the community.
The Met recognises the importance of ensuring the public and Parliament can return to business after the Bank Holiday weekend without disruption or interference.
As over the weekend, we will continue to have high levels of officers deployed to key areas ready to respond to any illegal activity which may occur.
A significant number of officers were also deployed to Heathrow Airport over the weekend to ensure protestors were not able to cause serious disruption to travel arrangements.
Throughout the course of the last week thousands of officers have cleared illegal protest sites which have been in use by protestors and as of 10:00hrs on Tuesday, 23 April 1065 arrests have been made. A total of 71 people have been charged.
This number of arrests is unprecedented, and is diverting officers from their vital duty of tackling crime and keeping London safe, but they will continue to arrest those who occupy illegal protest sites and refuse to stop causing widespread disruption to the communities of London.
The Met remains in contact with the organisers of the demonstrations, and in order to do everything possible to minimise further disruption to the public, on Monday, 22 April officers attending a meeting with them.
During this meeting officers advised that while they have a duty to ensure the right to peaceful protest the widespread disruption already caused by the demonstrations, especially on illegal protest sites, is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.
A clear warning was issued that if the behaviour demonstrated by protestors over the past week continues, it will result in further arrests and charges.
As of Monday, 22 April approximately 10,200 Metropolitan Police Service officers have been deployed as part of the operation surrounding the Extinction Rebellion protests.
To ensure the prevention of widespread disruption over the Bank Holiday weekend, the Met was supported by an additional 350 officers from neighbouring forces between Saturday, 20 April and Monday, 22 April. These officers will continue to support the policing operation throughout today, Tuesday 23 April and will then return to their respective forces.
Details of conditions for planned Parliament Square protests:
Under Section 14(3) of the Public Order Act 1986, the following conditions are to be imposed on all those planning to attend the demonstration in Parliament Square:
+ Any protest on Tuesday 23 April 2019 in relation to, on behalf of, or associated with Extinction Rebellion or any affiliated groups or individuals must take place within the red shaded area shown on the attached map and must not be held at Old Palace Yard, SW1.
+ Any protest covered by these conditions must be completed by 23:59hrs on 23 April 2019.
+ Any organiser or person taking part in the protest failing to comply with these conditions or inciting others not to comply with them will be committing an offence and will be liable to arrest.