SCOTLAND Yard faced a furious backlash last night after thousands of eco warriors brought London to a standstill for the second time in six months.
Outnumbered cops stood and watched as Extinction Rebellion activists swamped the capital on the first day of a two-week demo.
Backed by leftie celebs, they blocked Westminster and Lambeth bridges and also paralysed Whitehall and Parliament Square. Some glued themselves to scaffolding while others chained themselves together.
One man locked himself to the steering wheel of a hearse complete with coffin near Trafalgar Square.
Others built a wooden house outside the HQ of MI5.
Police looked on helplessly as a handful of protesters brought trees and shrubs on to Westminster Bridge to block the path of traffic.
As havoc reigned, PM Boris Johnson ordered the Met to use “the full force of the law” to keep London’s symbolic heart open for business.
But despite making more than 200 arrests, Met chiefs appeared powerless to stop demonstrators — even though they had published their plans on the web in advance.
The chaos came after Extinction Rebellion organisers promising a demo five times larger than the one in April, which saw 1,100 arrests and cost taxpayers £16million.
Yet the Met yesterday refused to reveal just how many officers it had deployed to tackle the disruption.
Tory MP Philip Davies blasted: “It’s absolutely disgraceful that a bunch of people, effectively anarchists, should be able to stop people from going about their lawful, daily business.
“The police shouldn’t be standing there watching them, they should be arresting them.
“People can protest without blocking roads and causing chaos.”
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The demo sparked anger from those trying to get to hospitals affected by gridlocked traffic. Landmark sites including Westminster Abbey and Downing Street were also affected by the protests.
And in Trafalgar Square they were joined by left-wing celebrities Daisy Lowe, Mark Rylance, Ruby Wax and Juliet Stevenson, who called the demo “wonderful”.
Splinter group Animal Rebellion also took over historic Smithfield meat market, setting up plant-based food stalls instead.
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