Extinction Rebellion protesters are planning to hold further demonstrations today throughout the city centre .
The demonstration has entered its fourth day with activists expected to continue blocking Deansgate until Monday evening.
Protesters have said they will hold further demonstrations outside Barclay’s and the Civil Justice Centre, as well as create a guerilla garden on the former Central Retail Park site on Great Ancoats Street.
The group has announced it will stage a peaceful protest outside Barclay’s office in Piccadilly Place to call on the business to ‘recognise the catastrophic impact its actions are having on the environment’ and ‘cease its investments in fossil fuels’.
A spokesman for Extinction Rebellion said: “Barclay’s has funded the fossil fuel industry, from fracking and coal here in Britain to the Dakota Access pipeline in North America. Mines and oilfields are financed with the help of Barclay’s, who are increasing their financing for fossil fuel.”
The group also plan to gather outside the Civil Justice Centre, in Spinningfields today to show support to three anti-fracking protesters who are due to appear in court today.
An Extinction Rebellion Manchester spokesman said: “The protesters appearing in court today were amongst the first to stand against an injunction designed to stop people protesting against Cuadrilla, a company which said it could frack without causing earthquakes or environmental damage.
“In reality, Cuadrilla has in fact caused more than 100 quakes including a 2.9 intensity six. This is just one of many awful impacts Cuadrilla have admitted – it has also cold vented 6.8 tonnes of methane.”
They are challenging an injunction Cuadrilla have taken out against protests taking place outside its fracking site in Blackpool.
There will also be a ‘musical protest’ taking place today along Deansgate led by a samba band.
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Activists have said they will peacefully march through the streets of Manchester city centre, staging ‘die-ins’ along the way in an attempt to raise awareness of the climate crisis.
Throughout the protest demonstrators have set up a ‘guerilla garden’ on John Dalton Street. The group plan to carry these plants to the former Central Retail Park, on Great Ancoats Street, to support residents who have launched a petition to create a park on the site instead of the council’s plans for a carpark.
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