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Extinction Rebellion activists block entrances to concrete works in east London

Evening Standard logo Evening Standard 16/07/2019 Jacob Jarvis
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Extinction Rebellion protesters have blocked the entrances to a concrete works in east London.

The group is outside London Concrete in Bow, where vehicles have been backed up unable to get in due to the activists blocking their way.

They are protesting the environmental impacts of concrete production, bemoaning its contribution to air pollution in the area.

Those gathered outside plan to "non-violently disrupt the site" and one said: "We're going to be here all day if we have to be."

Extinction Rebellion said around 50 people, nicknamed rebels by the group, had gathered outside.

Some of them had locked themselves to each other in the action, which is part of the activists' "summer uprising".

A line of protesters held a sign which read "the air that we grieve" and another pair held one which said: "Silvertown Tunnel no."

In a statement, Eleanor McAree, 25, from Extinction Rebellion Tower Hamlets, said: “Concrete has a huge environmental impact and building another tunnel will only make air pollution across East London worse.

"The air pollution is already at dangerous levels and is affecting the health of children and adults in the area. With the siting of this industry right next to two schools, these children face lifelong negative impact on their health.”

Extinction Rebellion activists hold protests across the UK

An Extinction Rebellion source earlier told the Standard today's actions in London would be "all about concrete".

Outlining why they picked the site, they detailed links to the Silvertown Tunnel project, which will see a toll road built under the Thames. 

The Standard has contacted London Concrete for comment.

Extinction Rebellion began its five-day summer uprising on Monday, with actions in London, Glasgow, Cardiff, Bristol and Leeds.

The group has used brightly coloured boats to block roads in each of the cities so far.

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