We are aware that the group Extinction Rebellion are planning a protest in Manchester city centre from Friday 30 August to Monday 2 September.
The group - which says its aim is ‘civil disobedience and nonviolent resistance’ to protest climate breakdown - has indicated that its members intend to camp on a section of Deansgate for the duration of this four-day protest which will culminate in a ‘day of action’ on Monday 2 September.
Manchester City Council respects people’s right to peaceful protest and has been working alongside Greater Manchester Police and other agencies to ensure they can demonstrate safely.
We declared a climate change emergency last month and we are determined to be at the forefront of tackling this critical issue. We have set an ambitious target of making Manchester a zero carbon city by 2038 or earlier – at least 12 years ahead of the national target – and we are working hard on a detailed action plan for how this will be achieved.
But in return for respecting the rights of protesters we expect that they respect the right of Manchester residents to go about their day-to-day business with minimal disruption. Manchester is used to events which bring an influx of people. We are working with GMP, Transport for Greater Manchester, CityCo and others to do all we can to minimise the impact on the city.
However, there is inevitably an element of unpredictably with potential for increases in some journey times and a dynamic situation. You can expect to see an increased police presence across the city centre and on public transport.