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British actress Emma Thompson has climbed aboard a pink boat that has occupied one of central London's main traffic intersections for the last five days as climate change activists continue to protest in the United Kingdom capital on Friday.

Almost 300 people have been arrested in ongoing climate change protests in London that brought parts of the British capital to a standstill, police said Tuesday.

The group has called for non-violent civil disobedience to push the British government to reduce net greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2025 and to stop what it calls a global climate crisis.

Dame Emma Thompson has rallied cheering Extinction Rebellion (XR) activists blocking London's busiest shopping street and declared "our planet is in serious trouble".

"The airport is part of our national infrastructure and we will not allow the illegal activities of protesters to cause further disruption and misery to thousands of travellers", it said in a statement.

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Extinction Rebellion co-founder Gail Bradbrook said people were continuing to join the movement.

"We are working with the authorities to address any threat of protests which could disrupt the airport ..."

The Metropolitan Police said as of Friday morning, 570 arrests linked to the protests have been made. We are determined to keep the airport operating'.

More than 500 protesters were arrested last night as activists continued to ignore orders to leave roadblocks at Waterloo Bridge, Oxford Circus and Parliament Square.

Scotland Yard has warned protesters the force had "strong plans" in place with a significant number of officers ready to respond.

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"I'm also a staunch supporter of the right to peaceful protest - which is a cornerstone of our democracy", Khan said.

Police arrested three people at Canary Wharf station yesterday after protesters glued themselves to a Docklands Light Railway (DLR) train, causing disruption to the line.

She said she was unable to be at the first day of the protest because she was "away" with her husband as she turned 60.

She was one of several actors who read poems celebrating the beauty of nature from a pink boat lodged by the protesters at Oxford Circus in central London.

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