Cambridgeshire

Extinction Rebellion protester abseils into Cambridge council meeting

Cambridge City Council chamber and protesters and police Image copyright LDRS
Image caption Councillors listened to the protestors but had to abandon the meeting when the abseiling woman refused to come down

A council meeting was abandoned when a protester from Extinction Rebellion abseiled from the public gallery.

The Cambridge City Council budget meeting was brought to a halt on police advice, according to the Local Democracy Reporting Service.

Council leader Lewis Herbert said the act "delayed the council agreeing plans to tackle the climate emergency".

Protestors said they wanted the council to cut ties with fossil fuel and set up "peoples' assemblies".

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Image caption The council said they were unable to resume a meeting for health and safety reasons

Labour leader Mr Herbert said: "Their actions delayed the council agreeing 2020 plans to tackle the climate emergency and cut carbon emissions, including peoples' assemblies to involve residents and businesses to act now to cut their emissions.

"If Extinction Rebellion really want to mobilise Cambridge, they need to think what will best motivate local residents to act and win their support, and consider that in deciding their actions over the next week."

Tilly Porter, who took part in the protest, said: "We will stand our ground... until they agree to do enough to address the climate emergency."

The meeting was abandoned but protesters changed into their pyjamas and spent the night in the chamber before leaving in the morning.

Cambridgeshire Police said the protest was "peaceful" and no arrests were made.

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