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Policing of the Extinction Rebellion protest

News   •   Jul 12, 2019 17:04 BST

An appropriate policing plan is in place for the next week's expected protests.

Deputy Assistance Commissioner Laurence Taylor said today: “Ahead of next week’s protest by Extinction Rebellion, the Met have been working hard planning the police operation, led by an experienced command team.

“We have an appropriate numbers of officers, including specialist officers, deployed to work on the protest, and the plan ensures that we have the capability to respond quickly, make arrests and remove obstructions as necessary.

“The MPS absolutely recognise the right for people to protest, but it ought to be recognised that we must balance this with the rights of others to go about their daily lives. We also have to consider policing across London which significant protest requiring the deployment of large numbers of officers could impact.

“We have been engaged with the organisers to understand their plans but we cannot tolerate behaviour that crosses a criminal threshold, or causes significant disruption to communities across the capital.”