PHOTOS: Activists arrested in global warming protests in Europe

Dutch anti riot police arrested the Extinction Rebellion climate activist during Rebel Without Borders demonstration at the Museumbrug on Oct. 7, 2019 in Amsterdam,Netherlands. (Photo: Paulo Amorim/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Activists with the Extinction Rebellion movement blocked major roads in London, Berlin and Amsterdam on Monday at the beginning of what was billed as a wide-ranging series of protests demanding new climate policies.

London Police say some 135 climate activists have been arrested as the Extinction Rebellion group attempts to draw attention to global warming. Demonstrators playing steel drums marched through central London on Monday as they kicked off two weeks of activities designed to disrupt the city.

The arrests come as protesters in cities across Europe blocked roads ahead of what is being described as widespread demonstrations. Extinction Rebellion says protesters were arrested as they blocked Victoria Embankment outside the Ministry of Defense in London.

In Amsterdam, hundreds of demonstrators blocked a major road outside the Rijksmuseum, one of the city's most popular tourist attractions, and set up tents. The protest went ahead despite a city ban on activists gathering on the road. The protesters ignored police calls for them to move to a nearby square. (AP)

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A climate protestors sits outside Britain's Parliament in central London, Oct. 7, 2019. (Photo: Matt Dunham/AP)
A climate activist is see through a window of a police van during an Extinction Rebellion protest in London, Oct. 7, 2019. (Photo: Alberto Pezzali/AP)
Climate protestors block a road leading to Britain's Parliament in central London Monday, Oct. 7, 2019, in an attempt to disrupt the heart of government. (Photo: Alastair Grant/AP
Environmental protestors face police on Lambeth bridge in central London Monday, Oct. 7, 2019. (Photo: Matt Dunham/AP)
Dutch anti riot police arrested the Extinction Rebellion climate activist during Rebel Without Borders demonstration at the Museumbrug on Oct. 7, 2019 in Amsterdam,Netherlands. (Photo: Paulo Amorim/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
A climate activist is detained by police as others gather at Parliament Street in London, Oct. 7, 2019. (Photo: Alberto Pezzali/AP)
Dutch anti riot police arrested the Extinction Rebellion climate activists lie on the ground to perform a die-in action during Rebel Without Borders demonstration at the Museumbrug on Oct. 7, 2019 in Amsterdam,Netherlands. (Photo: Paulo Amorim/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
A climate protestor wears a banner reading "we are nature defending itself" when blocking a road in central London Monday, Oct. 7, 2019. (Photo: Matt Dunham/AP)
Climate activists gather at Parliament Street in London, Monday, Oct. 7, 2019. (Photo: Alberto Pezzali/AP)
Dutch anti riot police arrested the Extinction Rebellion climate activists lie on the ground to perform a die-in action during Rebel Without Borders demonstration at the Museumbrug on Oct. 7, 2019 in Amsterdam,Netherlands. (Photo: Paulo Amorim/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Climate protestors block a road leading to Britain's Parliament in central London Monday, Oct. 7, 2019, in an attempt to disrupt the heart of government. (Photo: Matt Dunham/AP)
A climate protestor sits on top of a scaffolding in Trafalger Square in central London Monday, Oct. 7, 2019. (Photo: Alastair Grant/AP
Environmental protestors gather around the head of a statue confiscated by police on Lambeth bridge in central London Monday, Oct. 7, 2019. (Photo: Matt Dunham/AP)
Climate protestors block a road in central London Monday, Oct. 7, 2019. (Photo: Alastair Grant/AP
Dutch anti riot police arrested the Extinction Rebellion climate activists lie on the ground to perform a die-in action during Rebel Without Borders demonstration at the Museumbrug on Oct. 7, 2019 in Amsterdam,Netherlands. (Photo: Paulo Amorim/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Supporters of the 'Extinction Rebellion' movement block a road at the Victory Column in Berlin, Germany, Oct. 7, 2019. (Photo: Michael Sohn/AP)
Supporters of the 'Extinction Rebellion' movement block a road at the Potsdamer Platz square in Berlin, Germany, Oct. 7, 2019. (Photo: Michael Sohn/AP)
Climate protestors block Millbank in central London Monday, Oct. 7, 2019. (Photo: Matt Dunham/AP)
Climate protestors occupy Trafalgar Square in central London Monday, Oct. 7, 2019. (Photo: Alastair Grant/AP
Police officers lead a handcuffed protestor away after climate protestors blocked a road in central London Monday, Oct. 7, 2019. (Photo: Matt Dunham/AP)
A banner leans up against a tree in London, Monday, Oct. 7, 2019. (Photo: Alberto Pezzali/AP)
Police officers arrest a demonstrator during an Extinction Rebellion Protest in London, Monday, Oct. 7, 2019. (Photo: Alberto Pezzali/AP)
A climate activist stands on the roof of a car during an Extinction Rebellion Protest in London, Monday, Oct. 7, 2019. (Photo: Alberto Pezzali/AP)
Demonstrators gather on Westminster Bridge in London, during an Extinction Rebellion protest, Monday, Oct. 7, 2019. (Photo: Alberto Pezzali/AP)

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