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Cambridge city centre car park to be blocked as protest times revealed for this weekend

A shopping centre car park in Cambridge may be blocked during mass protests this weekend.

Over recent months, Extinction Rebellion have taken to the streets across the country to campaign against climate change.

Known for its road-blocking protests and 'die-ins', the group divides opinion through their methods of protest.

The next demonstration will be in the city on July 6 and people are expecting the Grand Arcade car park to be blocked for most of the day.

A letter, which was sent from a Cambridge college to its fellows, said streets will be blocked in several areas.

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St Andrews/Regent Street will be blocked between 12pm until 5pm, with the block stopping traffic turning left out of Emmanuel Street at one end, and coming across from the Catholic church, or turning in from Gonville Place/Lensfield Road at the other end.

The other streets affected, including Downing and Pembroke Street, Tennis Court Road, Botolph Lane and Trumpington Street between Pembroke and the roundabout by the Royal Cambridge Hotel, will be blocked from 8am until 5pm.

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The letter added: "We are anticipating no access to the Grand Arcade car park, though cars should be able to escape from the car park by turning right out of it and threading out of town via Silver Street."

Cambridgeshire Live contacted Extinction Rebellion about the protest times, which the group confirmed shortly after.

As well as road closures, there'll be a host of activities for people to join in with.

Activities confirmed so far include a street garden, live music, samba band, a family area, soft tennis trampolining, poetry, a rebel choir performance and singing and yoga.

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The Big Weekend is taking place on the same day in Parker's Piece. The annual free event is organised by Cambridge City Council and is expected Read More – Source