Commuter kicks off at Extinction Rebellion asking what jobs they do

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Commuter kicks off at Extinction Rebellion asking what jobs they do

Workers have lashed out at climate change protesters as they hold London to a standstill for the fourth day running.

A Metro.co.uk video shows an angry professional challenging activists in Parliament Square, questioning what kind of jobs they have that allow them to protest for days.

It comes as Extinction Rebellion activists continue to block major roads and cause severe delays on the London Underground and rail networks.

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The activists called after him saying they take annual leave, while another is a teacher on school holidays (Picture: Metro.co.uk/Kate Buck)

The activists called after him saying they take annual leave, while another is a teacher on school holidays (Picture: Metro.co.uk/Kate Buck)

The worker, Luke, 33, shouted at protesters: ‘Why don’t you go and glue yourself to a train in China and see what happens there?’

In the footage he challenges a trio of activists holding banners and says: ‘What do you people do that none of you need to go to work?’

He walks off in a hurry to get to the office on time before waiting to hear their responses.

One retorts saying they take days off work, while another shouts after him: ‘I’m a teacher, I’m on school holidays.’

Speaking after the dispute, Luke told Metro.co.uk he thinks the Extinction Rebellion protesters are people who can ‘afford to be deliberately disruptive’.

He said: ‘I’m lucky I live in central London and can walk to work.

‘But they’re not thinking about cleaners who get two night buses into work for 5am.

‘London has been the scene of lots of protests and lots of people who don’t live in London like to come here to protest, which is their right.

Metropolitan Police continue to make arrests under section 14 on Oxford Street (Picture: Kate Buck/Metro.co.uk)

Metropolitan Police continue to make arrests under section 14 on Oxford Street (Picture: Kate Buck/Metro.co.uk)

A large pink boat on Regent Street has seen a DJ on top blaring music (Picture: Kate Buck/Metro.co.uk)

A large pink boat on Regent Street has seen a DJ on top blaring music (Picture: Kate Buck/Metro.co.uk)

‘It’s all well and nice if you’re a student from Bristol and you can come and block London Bridge for five days, but what about the people who work?’

He added he was frustrated because of the disruptions campaigners had caused to the Docklands Light Railway – where yesterday multiple protesters glued themselves to the top of one of the carriages.

Luke said he couldn’t understand why activists had targeted public transport as it’s more eco-friendly than using a car.

He added: ‘Naturally, public transport is the main way of tackling global warming and I thought, having just come back from India, why don’t they go and attach themselves to trains in India? Or go to places where they’re the biggest pollutants.’

But Extinction Rebellion protester Talia Chain, 30, told Metro.co.uk Luke’s comments haven’t put them off.

Yesterday Scotland Yard said it had made 400 arrests (Picture: Kate Buck/Metro.co.uk)

Yesterday Scotland Yard said it had made 400 arrests (Picture: Kate Buck/Metro.co.uk)

She said: ‘More than 90 per cent of what people have said to us has been overwhelmingly positive, and we haven’t had a problem.’

Talia said she is campaigning because she’s terrified about the state of the planet and the impact it will have on future generations.

Talia added she didn’t consider herself to be ‘someone who would commit an act of civil disobedience.’

‘I am an obedient person and I was never in trouble at school,’ she said.

‘But at the end of the day when I look at my nieces and nephews terror fills my heart when I think what is happening to the climate.’

Extinction Rebellion protesters Shulamit Morris-Evans (left) and Talia Chain (right) said they're terrified for future generations (Picture: Kate Buck/Metro.co.uk)

Extinction Rebellion protesters Shulamit Morris-Evans (left) and Talia Chain (right) said they’re terrified for future generations (Picture: Kate Buck/Metro.co.uk)

It comes as Metropolitan Police continue to make arrests, with the total reaching 400 yesterday.

Campaigners said demonstrations being carried out at Waterloo Bridge, Parliament Square, Oxford Circus and Marble Arch, could go on for weeks.

In the coming days Extinction Rebellion has planned demonstrations in 80 cities across 33 countries.

Speaking to metro.co.uk from Oxford Circus, protester Livi Rhodes said: ‘We feel like it’s the only way, we feel we don’t have a choice.

‘We haven’t been listened to through lobbying through scientific reports through social media, all the regular routes people go through.

‘The severity of the situation is not being given enough time or importance, it’s not being prioritised.’

She says Extinction Rebellion protests are being held in more than 80 cities in 33 different countries.

Activists are not deterred by the arrests and plan to carry on for weeks (Picture: Kate Buck/Metro.co.uk)

Activists are not deterred by the arrests and plan to carry on for weeks (Picture: Kate Buck/Metro.co.uk)

Livi, who works for an organic flower farm, says protesters in Mozambique and Malawi are holding signs saying ‘us now you later’ as a warning to developed economies of the impact of climate change.

She cycled from Reading with her boyfriend, to join the protests and expects to be in London until the middle of next week.

They were joined by members of the ‘Rebel Riders’ who set off on their bicycles all the way from Falmouth in Cornwall.

She says others even walked the 260-mile journey as a statement against carbon emitting vehicles.

Her boyfriend Sammy, 26, was arrested this week while dancing near the giant pink boat plonked in the middle of Oxford Circus.

Sammy spent five hours in a police station before being released with no charge.

Police officers detain a climate change activist at Oxford Circus during the Extinction Rebellion protest in London, Britain April 18, 2019. REUTERS/Simon Dawson

Protestors say they will keep this up until they get what they want (Picture: PA)

Unfortunately, he lost a shoe as he was carted into a police van so officers sent him on his way with some police issue PE daps.

Livi, 28, who lives near Bath, said: I’ve never been arrested in my life but for this cause I feel like it’s the only way to fully demonstrate how strongly I feel for this.

‘We want to raise our profile and we want to demonstrate how serious this issue is.’

She says kitchens have been set up by activists to feed passers-by and to engage with them.

‘We’re just sharing a really beautiful space where people are able to share how they feel about this climate emergency we’re in.’

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