Police choppers buzz Glasgow ahead of environmentalist protests

Tens of thousands of protestors marched through Glasgow’s streets as world leaders from the Scottish city discussed efforts to curb climate change. 

According to the BBC’s estimates, 100,000 people took to streets Saturday afternoon by organizers of the COP26 Coalition, despite the persistent rain and strong wind.

After Friday’s student-led rally, it was the second day for environmentalists.

“Today the people who have been locked out of this climate summit had their voices heard,” coalition spokesperson Asad Rehman said in a statement, The Washington Post reported. “Those voices will be ringing in the ears of world leaders as we enter the second week of negotiations.”

Under consideration at the United Nations’ annual Climate Change Conference, or COP26: a goal of capping global warming at 1.5 degrees Celsius, or 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit, above pre-industrial levels and offering more financial aid for poorer countries.

Thousands of protesters demonstrate during a COP26 protest in central London, Britain, 06 November 2021.
On Nov. 6, 2021, thousands of protestors marched in London to demand more drastic and swifter protection of the environment.
Andy Rain/EPA

Police helicopters flew over the city this morning after twelve members of Extinction Rebellion, a radical group, chained themselves onto a bridge.

Later, the “People’s March” made its way east from Kelvingrove Park to Glasgow Green for a rally with speakers including Greta Thunberg and Vanessa Nakate. 

The ongoing protests attracted representatives from many causes, including Black Lives Matter, trade unites, pro-Palestinian organizations, and even the Scottish Independence movement. 

Today’s so-called Global Day of Action saw similar demonstrations around the world, including in London, Chicago, Seoul, Manila, and Sydney.

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