People have been warned to expect major disruption ahead of six protests due to take place in Bristol city center today (Saturday February 12).
Climate activists, anti-airport expansion campaigners and Buddhists protesting against Barclays are all set to take to the streets on the same day. There will also be a protest opposite Bristol Racecourse to show support for refugees, starting with the fountains, another against the cost of living crisis and a final against clothing brand Puma due to their sponsorship of the Israel Football Association.
Bristol City Council wrote in its warning to residents: “Anyone heading into the city center tomorrow (Saturday 12th February) should plan for possible traffic disruption. Demonstrations planned from 10.30am may have an impact on local traffic and transportation routes through downtown and College Green.”
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The exceptional weekend of activism will kick off at 10.30am against the recent decision to allow Bristol Airport to increase its annual passenger numbers from 10 million to 12 million a year. The news has been criticized by many people, including climate activists, and a protest will take place on College Green from 10.30am to 12pm.
Organizers said it was “an opportunity for us to come together to show our pure disgust at this decision which overturns the will of the local community and ignores the well-being of the environment”.
At 11.30am another demonstration has been organized to show support for the refugees, which will start at the fountains opposite Bristol Racecourse. It will be a Valentine’s Day themed protest with banner posters, placards, orange hearts and music to encourage people to ‘show their hearts’ on the refugee issue.
It is scheduled to take place until 1pm and will focus on the government’s Citizenship and Borders Bill which is currently going through parliament and which organizers have described as a ‘deep attack on refugee rights’ and a threat to our civil liberties.” all.”
At noon, climate activists known as the “Youth Climate Swarm” will take action by blocking roads in several places in the city center for seven minutes at a time.
This will be followed by a protest against the cost of living crisis, which is due to start on College Green at 1pm. Anti-austerity protesters will speak out against rising energy bills and the ‘deepest cost of living crisis since 1990’, as part of a national day of action in cities across the UK United.
Then, at 2pm outside Sports Direct in Broadmead, Easton Cowgirls football players will join pro-Palestine campaigners in calling on people to boycott sportswear brand Puma over their sponsorship of the Israel Football Association .
And finally, Buddhists from the climate campaign group Extinction Rebellion are set to stage a protest against banking group Barclays. They will meet in Castle Park at 2.30pm before holding a ‘meditation walk’ to the Barclays in Broadmead and a ‘meditation seat’ outside the bank.
We’ll bring you the latest updates on protests and travel disruptions in Bristol city center as the day progresses.
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