Waitrose shoppers are left stunned as climate change protesters hold a ‘die in’

These are the shocking scenes as climate change demonstrators targeted Waitrose and took part in a ‘die in’ along from the vegetable aisle. 

The protesters, who included several young children, lay down on the floor inside the Waitrose branch in Kings Cross. 

The video, which was shot on Friday afternoon, was supposed to mark the end of the 10-day Extinction Rebellion. 

A dozen protesters held a 'die in' at a Waitrose supermarket in Kings Cross as part of the Extinction Rebellion demonstration

A dozen protesters held a 'die in' at a Waitrose supermarket in Kings Cross as part of the Extinction Rebellion demonstration

A dozen protesters held a 'die in' at a Waitrose supermarket in Kings Cross as part of the Extinction Rebellion demonstration

A dozen protesters held a 'die in' at a Waitrose supermarket in Kings Cross as part of the Extinction Rebellion demonstration

A dozen protesters held a ‘die in’ at a Waitrose supermarket in Kings Cross as part of the Extinction Rebellion demonstration

Some of the demonstrators had small children

Some of the demonstrators had small children

Some of the demonstrators had small children

Some of the demonstrators had small children

The demonstrators held their impromptu protest at the Waitrose supermarket in Kings Cross

Earlier today demonstrators held a 'die in' outside London's Tate Modern museum

Earlier today demonstrators held a 'die in' outside London's Tate Modern museum

Earlier today demonstrators held a ‘die in’ outside London’s Tate Modern museum

The demonstrators said they were going to strike their camp yesterday evening. 

Officials in London are trying to determine if a stenciled mural that appeared at a base camp for climate protests was created by the street artist Banksy.

The mural is on a wall at Marble Arch, where the group Extinction Rebellion had an encampment for 10 days until Thursday and disrupted transportation in the British capital with daily, targeted non-violent protests.

The artwork shows a child holding an Extinction Rebellion sign beside the words ‘From this moment despair ends and tactics begin.’

Nickie Aiken, the leader of Westminster Council, a local authority that oversees the area, said ‘we believe it’s genuine and are working to confirm that it is the case’.

‘This street art has clearly captured the public mood and imagination, and so we’re looking to keep it in a public place for people to enjoy,’ she said.

There was no mention of the work Friday on Banksy’s website or Instagram account, where he typically confirms authorship. Banksy’s spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Dozens of cyclists held aloft flags with a bee motif as they pretended to be dead

Dozens of cyclists held aloft flags with a bee motif as they pretended to be dead

Dozens of cyclists held aloft flags with a bee motif as they pretended to be dead 

The Climate Extinction protests were due to finish yesterday, but several new demonstrations have broken out

The Climate Extinction protests were due to finish yesterday, but several new demonstrations have broken out

The Climate Extinction protests were due to finish yesterday, but several new demonstrations have broken out

More than 1,100 people have been arrested over the past fortnight due to the protests

More than 1,100 people have been arrested over the past fortnight due to the protests

More than 1,100 people have been arrested over the past fortnight due to the protests 

More than 1,100 people were arrested for blocking roads and bridges during more than a week of Extinction Rebellion protests aimed at alerting the public and politicians to the ‘climate emergency.’ 

However, new protests caused chaos outside the Tate Modern in London today. 

Also, demonstrators have opened up a camp in the Colne Valley to protest against the proposed HS2 rail link to the north and Midlands. 

Extinction Rebellion are camping out in trees in Colne Valley to the north-west of London to prevent them being felled for the HS2 development.

Twelve people scaled the trees on Harvil Road in the London Borough of Hillingdon close to the nature reserve to protect them from the chainsaw.

The felling had been due to take place between 8am and 6pm on Saturday and Sunday, but could not commence due to the presence of the protesters and strong winds.

The climbers are due to descend after 6pm today and return tomorrow morning.

The protests in London have sparked similar demonstrations across the country

The protests in London have sparked similar demonstrations across the country

The protests in London have sparked similar demonstrations across the country 

Other demonstrators held a die in beside Dippy the Diplodocus who is currently on a tour of Britain and is in the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow

Other demonstrators held a die in beside Dippy the Diplodocus who is currently on a tour of Britain and is in the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow

Other demonstrators held a die in beside Dippy the Diplodocus who is currently on a tour of Britain and is in the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow

The demonstrators suddenly began lying down in a coordinated fashion at 3pm

The demonstrators suddenly began lying down in a coordinated fashion at 3pm

The demonstrators suddenly began lying down in a coordinated fashion at 3pm

Jo Rogers, spokeswoman for Extinction Rebellion, said: ‘Given strength of wind, (we’re) beginning to be concerned for climbers. So far they’re all happy and warm in blankets.’

She told the Press Association the group are concerned about the scale of tree-felling in the Colne Valley while the future of the HS2 rail project is still in doubt.

‘(HS2) hasn’t even got planning permission for the whole line. We’re concerned that they are doing these things far sooner than they should be.’

Sarah Green, of local campaign group Save Colne Valley, said it would take at least 20 days for further road closures to be approved to allow the felling to take place.

‘There’s no talking to HS2. They’re carrying on with no planning permission and no real plan.’

She estimates at least 2,000 trees have already been cleared from nearby sites by subcontractors to HS2 in the last month.

Different groups of protesters have been targeting various locations across Britain

Different groups of protesters have been targeting various locations across Britain

Different groups of protesters have been targeting various locations across Britain 

Save Colne Valley also fears that the process of pile driving deep holes into the aquifer risks contaminating the water supply for 3.2 million Londoners.

Ms Green said: ‘We the customers must become the custodians in the absence of responsibility by our elected representatives.

‘Pure water supplies for life and a sustainable future are essential. We have to act now.’

The park itself encompasses 43 square miles stretching from Rickmansworth in Hertfordshire to Staines, Surrey, and the banks of the Thames in the south, Uxbridge and Heathrow, in Hillingdon, in the east and Slough, Berkshire, in the west.

It has 200 miles of rivers, canals and over 60 lakes, according to its website.

Sian Cox, 54, from Brecon, said: ‘Extinction Rebellion was the first time I was arrested and this is my first time at a protest site.

‘The fight we have on our hands is to change the system that puts short-term economic growth ahead of the health of the biosphere we all rely on for life. We are killing our host, and this tree is a symbol of that for me.

‘The only thing that works in a system that does not want to change is non-violent action like this.’

Manu Frosh, 41, said: ‘It is important that we protect our world. If I’m up a tree they can’t cut it down, and if enough people take this action they may realise people’s lives are more important than fast trains.’

HS2 has been approached for comment.

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