London Marathon and Extinction Rebellion: No arrests as The Big One protest coincides with race
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A spokesperson for XR previously said the group had always planned to run the event alongside the marathon, without interference, and that some XR runners were entering the race.
The London marathon race director, Hugh Brasher, spoke of XR’s plans to ask its participants to “help guard” marathon runners as they passed by Parliament Square.
Now, a Met Police spokesperson has confirmed no arrests took place, with a spokesperson for XR adding: “There were no issues yesterday with The Big One and London Marathon.”
Richard Ecclestone, a former army officer and police officer and currently protest liaison for XR, told LondonWorld representatives from both events were “working very closely together” on the day, so that, “in the very, very unlikely event that anything should happen to potentially disrupt the marathon, we could quickly find out what was going on, sort it out, and then the runners could be safe in the knowledge that anything that could possibly have been done…has been done”.