Climate change protest blocks traffic in Toronto, Edmonton, and other Canadian cities

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Demonstrators staging a protest in the Financial District Monday morning threw red paint on the iconic Charging Bull statue.

In London, police arrested 217 activists from the Extinction Rebellion group as they blocked bridges and roads in the city centre, and glued themselves to cars, while protesters in Berlin halted traffic at the Victory Column roundabout.

In an effort to raise awareness about the climate crisis, protesters are preventing motorists from driving across the bridge.

A video has reportedly been sent to Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk that says he wants to stay up there until she declares a climate emergency.

The protesters, who are a part of the group Extinction Rebellion, said they made a decision to occupy the bridge as part of a broader movement. They carried banners with slogans including "Climate change denies our children a future unless we act now".

Climate change protesters of "Extinction Rebellion Canada" held on Monday a series of demonstrations to block traffic in the country's main cities for non-carbon emissions, CTV reported.

Extinction Rebellion, which says it has more than 480 active groups in 72 countries, is known for its civil disobedience tactics, including activists volunteering for arrest.

ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVISTS have descended on Dublin as part of a worldwide protest being organisation by Extinction Rebellion.

There were similar climate protests on Monday in Berlin, Vienna, Amsterdam, Madrid and other cities around the world.

The roads behind Downing Street were blocked throughout the day by protesters, some of whom had erected tents in the street and were sitting down and singing songs together.

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Protesters also blocked roads across Australia and New Zealand, with police in Sydney arresting at least 30 people.

On Saturday, officers used a battering ram to enter a building in south London where the activists had been storing materials to use during the two-week protest. "We are asking people to find their courage and to collectively do what is necessary to bring about change", the organization's website says.

They also aim to shut down roads and stage a sit-in at London City Airport, among other demonstrations.

Hundreds of protestors have also marched to Trafalgar Square and Parliament Square.

"It is imperative the government should take serious actions and put pressure on other states and global powers to radically reduce the use of fossil fuels", she said.

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Laurence Taylor told radio station LBC on Monday: "We're absolutely not saying you can't protest, but what we are saying is that protest has to be lawful".

Const. John MacLeod told CityNews that "fewer than 100 protesters" are blocking access to vehicles on the Dartmouth side of the bridge, causing its temporary closure to motorists, pedestrians, and cyclists. Police said 33 activists were taken to their premises and three were arrested for resisting orders by anti-riot officers.

Extinction Rebellion member Mike Buick, 40, at an event outside UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Downing Street office, said: "I think non-violent civil disobedience is powerful". The protest went ahead despite a city ban on activists gathering on the road and the protesters ignored police calls for them to move to a nearby square.

"We're here because the government is not doing enough on the climate emergency", said protester Lizzy Mansfield in London.

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