Piers Corbyn condemned the actions of Extinction Rebellion (XR) activists which have caused chaos for the past five days across Marble Arch, Oxford Circus, Waterloo Bridge and Parliament Square. The elder brother of the Labour leader, denounced expert opinion on the human impact on global warming as a “hoax” as he embarked on a counter-rally against the protest group. Mr Corbyn, 72, held a banner in the capital which stated “CO2 levels are effect not cause” and Global warming is a “hoax to hike up energy prices” along with the hashtag “#Coverup #Climategatefraud”.
When the 72-year-old was asked about the Extinction Rebellion activists, he said: “I think it was deranged.”
He added: “This is disrupting traffic and stopping people going to work, the police should have moved them on ages ago.”
Despite being a physicist and meteorologist, Mr Corbyn has been a longterm sceptic about the effects of climate change on the plant.
In 2008 he said: “CO2 has never driven, does not drive and never will drive weather or climate.
“Global warming is over and it never was anything to do with CO2 – CO2 is still rising but the world is now cooling and will continue to do so.”
As the protests enter its sixth day, the Met police has confirmed it has now made more than 680 arrests, after Home Secretary Sajid Javid urged the authorities to use the “full force of the law”.
In a statement the Met Police said it had focused its arrests at Oxford Circus to give businesses the chance to get back to “business as usual”.
It added: “One thing that is unusual about this demonstration is the willingness of those participating to be arrested and also their lack of resistance to the arrests.
“To date, since Monday April 15, we have made over 680 arrests and of course that places a logistical problem on, and not just, the police service for cell space but also the wider criminal justice system.”
Meanwhile the Extinction Rebellion protestors has pledged to continue causing disruption until its demands are met.
The group of activists want the Government to declare a climate emergency and take action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2025.