BBC reports that protesters from the group climbed on trains at Stratford, Canning Town, and Shadwell during rush hour Thursday. As a result of their actions, service on the Jubilee Line and Docklands Light Railway was temporarily suspended, BBC reports, an extreme “disruption” that the radical group said was “necessary to highlight the emergency” of climate change.
At least eight of the activists have been arrested, according to British Transport Police.
As a growing number of commuters became increasingly furious over the activists’ antics, a few of them took action, yanking protesters off train cars. When the protesters were forced into the middle of the livid commuters, things got even more tense: videos show pushing, shoving, and shouting erupting, with officials reportedly being forced to intervene at some points to avoid an escalation of violence.
The activist is eventually grabbed by the legs and yanked down into the angry crowd, where he appears to be pushed, punched, and kicked.
Furious London commuters have been pulling Extinction Rebellion protesters off the top of a train at Canning Town stationpic.twitter.com/ZHgsVCIxft— Metro (@MetroUK) October 17, 2019