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But they seemed to have a change of heart.

The Metropolitan Police has requested about 200 extra officers from neighbouring forces to help deal with the Extinction Rebellion protests in central London.

More than 500 people have been arrested this week and 10 charged so far, police said.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: "Officers have made a number of arrests, mainly focused at Oxford Circus, as we are trying our best to give the businesses a chance to return to "business as usual".

On Saturday morning, about 30 protesters moved closer to each other and sat down in the centre of the Oxford Circus junction as police threatened more arrests.

The protesters do not resist to arrests and majority are released in a few hours after giving statements at police stations. "We are determined to keep the airport operating". Speaking of the protests, Thompson said she couldn't attend from the beginning as she was celebrating her birthday.

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Home Secretary Sajid Javid says protesters "do not have the right to break the law and significantly disrupt the lives of others".

She admitted the demos were inconveniencing people but said the Suffragettes "disrupted an bad lot of people's lives in order to get something that we now take for granted".

Extinction Rebellion has ratcheted up its protests in recent weeks, blocking major sites around London like Marble Arch, Oxford Circus and Waterloo Bridge and smashing a door at the Shell building.

XR is calling on the Government to better inform the public about climate change, declare a climate emergency, make the country carbon neutral by 2025 and create a citizens assembly model on environmental issues.

Dr Bing Jones, of Extinction Rebellion Sheffield, said: "Nobody is listening to the scientists when they say they are completely confident that we have got 12 years to take really radical action to sort this". The police turned up because they have been asked to turn up.

Britain has lowered net emissions by 42 per cent since 1990, and now aims to cut emissions by 80 percent by 2050.

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