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Vancouver police arrest 6 climate change protesters staging ‘funeral procession’

WATCH: Metro Vancouver Black Friday includes protestors and arrests

Vancouver police have arrested at six climate change protesters holding a “funeral procession” in downtown Vancouver on Friday.

“Between 12 and 7 p.m., police were forced to arrest six people for mischief after they stopped traffic and erected structures blocking a main intersection,” according to a Vancouver police media release.

“Protestors perched themselves on top of the structures and refused to leave the area, despite several requests, and then warnings, from officers.”

Environmental group Extinction Rebellion Vancouver organized the protest, which included a group of top hat-wearing pall bearers carrying a prop black coffin with “change or die” written on it through the streets and Pacific Centre Mall.

Black Friday activists march through downtown Vancouver mall, block streets
Black Friday activists march through downtown Vancouver mall, block streets

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After parading through the mall, bewildering Black Friday shoppers, demonstrators staged a “die in” in Pacific Centre’s rotunda.

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Extinction Rebellion had described Friday’s action as a “somber moment to reflect” on the millions of species facing extinction amid the ongoing process of climate change.

The group says it has three demands of government: “telling the truth” about the urgency of climate change, cutting greenhouse gases to net-zero by 2025, and creating a citizens’ assembly to lead climate action.

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Friday’s march is the group’s latest attempt to focus attention on climate change.

Climate activists create bridge blockade in downtown Vancouver
Climate activists create bridge blockade in downtown Vancouver

In October, the group took over the Burrard Street Bridge for about 12 hours, leading police to arrest 10 demonstrators. Later that month, it led a “snake march” through the downtown core, disrupting traffic.

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READ MORE: What is Extinction Rebellion and what does it want?

The International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 2018 report says emissions must be cut by 45 per cent from 2010 levels by 2030 and reach net zero by 2050 in order to avoid severe climate change impacts.