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Day 2: Extinction Rebellion shuts major city centre road in Cardiff

Climate protesters have blocked a key city centre road in Cardiff, causing disruption for commuters and travellers.

Photo credit: Matthew Horwood

Member of the Extinction Rebellion group have parked a green boat in the middle of the street, adjacent to Cardiff Castle. The police have since closed roads between Queen Street and Westgate Street.

Protesters are said to have glued and locked themselves to the display. Credit: Matthew Horwood

The group is raising awareness about climate change and Cardiff is one of many cities to experience similar protests that are taking place across the UK this week.

Photo credit: Matthew Horwood

Extinction Rebellion protestors block Duke Street outside Cardiff Castle with a green boat as the environmental protest group begin a series of planned week-long protests, collectively called ‘Project Mushroom. The Extinction Rebellion are a socio-political movement which uses civil disobedience and nonviolent resistance to protest against climate breakdown, biodiversity loss, and the risk of social and ecological collapse.

As one of only a handful of roads that connect one half of the city with another, travellers have been warned by South Wales Police and Cardiff Bus to expect delays. Disruption is expected to last several days.

Last night, Cardiff Bus issued a list of the affected routes:

South Wales Police issued a similar warning on Twitter, saying they expect delays to continue this morning (Tuesday):

Photos courtesy of Matthew Horwood, Cardiff-based Press & PR photographer.