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Extinction Rebellion to shut down Camden Town

Group will use swarming tactics during rush hour on Wednesday

16 June, 2019 — By Tom Foot

An earlier protest by XR in Camden Town

EXTINCTION Rebellion (XR) campaigners who shut down central London for several days with a series of peaceful demonstrations are to protest in Camden Town.

The ‘Let Camden Breathe’ action aims to bring Camden High Street to a standstill between 5.30pm and 7pm on Wednesday.

They will employ “swarming” tactics that involve different groups stopping traffic for up to seven minutes “repeatedly over the chosen time period”.

One of the group, Andria Efthimiou, who has lived in Camden for 58 years, said: “The time to act is now, we can’t stand my and let this toxic air affect people like me and the potential development of children like my daughter.”

XR says it must stage a peaceful protest in Camden Town because it is the “symbolic heart of the borough”. It says Camden Council environmental policy, despite committing to meeting World Health Organisation recommendations by 2030, is not “ambitious enough”.

The group said Camden’s main roads – Euston Road, Kentish Town, Camden High Street and Kilburn High Road and Finchley Road – have significantly higher pollution levels than is recommended by the WHO.

XR says that “time has almost run out” to stop an “ecological crisis” and the “sixth mass species extinction”, adding: “It is every citizen’s duty to rebel.”

Camden Council has recently announced that it is hoping to shut out traffic around Camden Town tube station on trial days this year.

The move will “offer a more pleasant and safer environment”, the council said this week, for residents and the millions of tourists who visit every year.

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