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Environmental activists are continuing their week of disruption across Dublin City centre today as part of the Extinction Rebellion global movement.

The action aims to put pressure on leaders to take urgent and radical action on climate change.

Yesterday, hundreds of protesters took over Merrion Square where they have set up camp for the week.

The participants say they are willing to be arrested for carrying out "non-violent acts civil disobedience."

Today's protests will see the group present a ‘Budget for Climate Justice' by means of "a short performance".

The budget will be released on the same day as Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe reveals Budget 2020 to the nation.

Extinction Rebellion's publication will encompass four main areas, those being energy; transport and the built environment; agriculture and natural climate solutions; and "a just transition in global solidarity".

A fire breather will blow fire across the Arctic on a globe to symbolise global warming while there will also be 30 animal characters dressed in black wearing colourful animal masks at the protest.

Extinction Rebellion spokesperson Susan Breen said the demonstrators have had enough of the government's hollow promises.

She said: "We don't accept lip service, we go on the actions rather than what they [the government] say.

"They've declared a climate emergency, then they go and grant more drilling licenses, then they scupper the Climate Emergency Measures Bill.

"Actions speak louder than words.

AA Roadwatch has said that Merrion Square remains closed today to facilitate the demonstration.

Diversions are in place including for a number of Dublin Bus routes.

The demonstrations in Dublin are part of an "international rebellion" around the world, with action taking place in cities including London, Berlin, Madrid, Amsterdam and New York.

280 people were arrested in London yesterday after the area surrounding the British parliament was brought to a standstill.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is reported as describing the protesters as " uncooperative crusties" who live in "hemp-smelling bivouacs".

Main image:  Extinction Rebellion launching Rebellion Week at Merrion Square in Dublin City Centre yesterday. Photo: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ie

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