In Glasgow, protesters used a 25ft purple boat to block Trongate, covering the intersection of Gallowgate and High Street, by the Merchant City clock tower.
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Leeds' financial district was also targeted to draw attention to the links between banking and the climate and ecological emergency. In Cardiff, Extinction Rebellion members parked a large green boat outside Cardiff Castle and held banners reading "Act Now" and "Climate Emergency", delaying commuters during the morning rush hour. Tents were also set up on the grass in front of Cardiff City Hall - the home of the Welsh capital's local government - as campaigners are expected to camp there ahead of more disruption in the coming days.
Campaigners handed out leaflets that said they were protesting "to prevent the breakdown of humanity's life support system, the Earth", adding they were calling for the UK government to create a "national assembly" to implement climate change solutions. The planet is dying and we cannot kick addressing it into the long grass anymore.
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Stephen Lingwood, 37, from Extinction Rebellion Cardiff, said: "People are dying right now of climate chaos in places like India. It's only going to get worse.
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