Greta Thunberg in Bristol: schools shut as students join climate strike

Schools closed, lecture theatres were emptying and offices shutting as thousands of people made their way to hear Greta Thunberg speak at a youth climate strike in Bristol, The Guardian is reporting.

Teenage organisers of the Bristol Youth Strike 4 Climate insisted that Friday’s event would be well run and safe, and dismissed concerns expressed by police and council officials at the scale of the event as “patronising.”

Thousands of students from universities and colleges were due to attend. Some employers actively encouraged staff to take part in the strike, promising not to dock pay, while others turned a blind eye to absences.

Bristol city council’s executive director, Mike Jackson, and Supt Andy Bennett, the city’s police area commander, issued a joint statement saying they were working to manage public safety.

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