First group of Extinction Rebellion protesters appear in court

More than 20 climate change protesters have appeared in court charged with a public order offence after Extinction Rebellion demonstrations in central London.

The defendants were asked to enter guilty or not guilty pleas during hearings at City of London Magistrates’ Court on Friday.

The protesters, who range in age from 20 to 76, are accused of failing to comply with an order to stick to an allocated area near Marble Arch in central London.

The hearings, which are continuing into the afternoon in two court rooms simultaneously, have recorded a mixture of pleas…
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