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Doctors and nurses join Extinction Rebellion protesters for demo at Shell’s London HQ

  • Extinction Rebellion activists entered the sixth day of their ongoing demonstration in London today   
  • More than 100 healthcare professionals gathered outside Shell HQ to highlight deaths caused by air pollution
  • Climate change activists are also marching in a funeral procession down Oxford Street in a ‘grief march’ 
  • Police announced there have been 1,290 arrests in connection with the ongoing protests across London

Doctors and nurses joined Extinction Rebellion protesters today as ‘stretched’ police call in backup from Scotland – and warn that protests are impeding their ability to attend to other crime.

More than 100 healthcare professionals have joined the sixth day of climate change protests in London. Doctors, nurses and medical students were among those demonstrating at Jubilee Gardens, near oil giant Shell’s London HQ, on Saturday in the ‘Health March for the Planet’.

Several protesters leading the crowd wore hospital face masks, while others carried Extinction Rebellion flags and signs reading: ‘Climate change is a health issue.’

Extinction Rebellion activists are also marching in a funeral procession down Oxford Street in a ‘grief march’ to remind people what has been lost due to climate change.

Up to 100 officers are being sent from Scotland to London to assist help London authorities with the climate change demonstrations.

Alex Turner, 36, a paediatric and emergency doctor from Bristol who was wearing his blue scrubs and stethoscope at the protest, said: ‘We are meeting outside Shell because they are one of the biggest companies involved in the oil and energy industry, and they have real power to decarbonise that industry.

‘We are protesting illegal levels of air pollution.’

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