Until this week, the anti-climate change activist group Extinction Rebellion had hardly been a household name.
Its various activities, like pouring fake blood onto Downing Street and stripping semi-naked during a session of the House of Commons, had been received with the sort of good humour that the British people always reserve for righteous causes pursued by very obsessive people.
But a more sinister turn than bared buttocks has revealed itself this week. Extinction Rebellion has spent several days blockading key London locations such as Marble Arch, Waterloo Bridge, Oxford Circus and Parliament Square, preventing traffic – including public transport – from passing through.
Commerce, industry, and commuters have all suffered as a consequence. Estimates from just the first two days of protest have suggested that up to 500,000 people were affected by the diversion of 55 bus routes.
The New West End Company, a partnership which represents vast swathes of some of the most iconic retail and hospitality space in the world, has suggested that these two days saw a loss of £12m in trade in the West End.
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