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MORE than 500 demonstrators have blocked roads and branded world leaders “liars” as Extinction Rebellion mount a protest near the G7 summit in Cornwall.

Supporters of the climate activist group gathered in St Ives as leaders kicked off the three-day G7 summit in Carbis Bay.

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15Extinction Rebellion supporters marched through the centre of St IvesCredit: AP 15Members of 'Blackbirds XR' got dressed up to stage their protestCredit: Getty 15Supporters gathered outside St Ives' leisure centre before staging their demonstrationCredit: AP 15Other demonstrators got dressed up in green robes to make their pointCredit: PA

Members of Extinction Rebellion gave speeches in the town’s leisure centre before taking to the streets.

It was the first of a series of demonstrations the group is holding throughout the three-day event in the seaside town.

Extinction Rebellion says the protests are in response to G7 nations' "failure to respect the global climate commitments they made in Paris in 2015" and "to urge the leaders meeting at Carbis Bay in Cornwall to act immediately to address the climate and ecological emergency".

Members of the group said they were there to represent the threat to seas and wildlife if more decisive action is not taken to combat climate change.

Others were wearing XR's famous symbol as patches on their clothes.

Flags could also be seen which said "G7 drowning in promises" and "Action not words".

The members then led a procession through St Ives.

15Extinction Rebellion plan a number of demos during the G7 summitCredit: AFP 15The environmental protestors marched through the streets of St Ives in CornwallCredit: Getty 15'Red Rebels' activists take part in the 'Sound The Alarm' marchCredit: Getty 15Protestors put on a colourful display on the marchCredit: Getty 15Chants of 'act now' could be heardCredit: AP 15More than 500 people are said to have taken partCredit: PA 15Demonstrators held a noisy but peaceful protestCredit: Solent

The colourful procession through St Ives was accompanied by police officers.

Activists drummed a continuous beat along with chants of "act now" and "sound the alarm".

Several local residents came outside of their homes to watch the procession.

They could be seen filming it on their phones and taking pictures.

Devon and Cornwall Police said in a Twitter message they were monitoring the situation and warned locals to expect delays in the area, particularly the town centre.

Some demonstrators also held a silent protest while others gathered on the town's beach putting on cardboard cut outs of the faces of the world leaders.

15Protestors gathered on the beach dressed up as world leadersCredit: Getty 15Protestors carry an eye-catching banner as part of the demoCredit: Solent

Olympic sailor Laura Baldwin, 41, also took part in the protests as a member of Ocean Rebellion - Extinction Rebellion's ocean-focused campaign group.

"I'm down here for the duration of the summit, I learnt about the climate emergency in January 2019 and I've not been able to focus on anything since," she told PA.

"I've absorbed and understood the dire warnings of the world-leading scientists, academics and David Attenborough. I'm the mother of an eight-year-old son and there's constant contradictions of their words with their actions. As a result I'm terrified for the future of my child and all our children.

"I think it's wonderful to see so many people coming here today in creative ways."

15Extinction Rebellion supporters put on a theatrical displayCredit: Getty 15Some went to elaborate lengths to get their views noticedCredit: Getty

Ms Baldwin added she was more worried about the state of the planet than any competition she has undertaken as an Olympian.

She said: "I'm part of Ocean Rebellion because I'm an Olympic sailor and the ocean is where my heart is. I love the water and respect it."

Extinction Rebellion will also hold protests in Falmouth on Saturday, where they will march through the town again, while on Sunday there will be an art installation in St Ives.

The environmental group has managed to grab the headlines in the past with colourful and often wacky demonstrations such as gluing themselves to roads and tubes to disrupt transport.

However many of their protests have been highly controversial with many complaining about their methods of demonstrating.

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In September last year the group blockaded newspaper print works across the country, disrupting the distribution of national newspapers.

The action brought condemnation from the Home Secretary Priti Patel who dubbed their activities as “guerrilla tactics” and added those involved should “face the full force of the law”.

Leaders of the G7 countries have gathered in Cornwall for talks where they are expected to discuss a number of issues including a global response to the coronavirus, environmental concerns and economic strategy, amongst others.

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The National Guard deployed more troops during 2020 than any time since World War II a top general said Wednesday, but White House budget cuts would mean a decrease in troops for the fiscal year 2022.

"Some states had a significant increase in the amount of [operational tempo] that they had previously had, and so they've asked for additional force structure," General Daniel Hokanson told reporters during a Wednesday press event. "Those decisions are made at the Secretary of the Army and Secretary of the Air Force level."

"Of course like all organizations, we would like to grow if possible," he added.


The White House’s defense budget proposal, released late last month, called for a slight increase in the $715 billion budget, but it would also cut military forces by about 5,400 personnel – 500 of whom come from the National Guard.

The Army National Guard would see its force drop from 336,500 to 336,000 while the Air National Guard would maintain 108,300 guardsmen, according to the Military Times.

Hokanson pointed to Labor Day 2020 as one of the Guard’s busiest weekends and highlighted the different directions the reservist force was pulled in.

"That weekend, more than 64,000 National Guardsmen were on duty around the world. Roughly 20,000 were deployed across 34 nations," he told reporters. "During the same weekend, more than 18,000 were helping their communities fight COVID-19.

"More than 3,500 were helping their communities recover from Hurricane Laura in Texas and Louisiana," he continued.

Another 5,300 guardsmen assisted with protests, air patrol, missile defense and southern border patrol.

"This one weekend tells a story of many weekends for the National Guard," Hokanson said. "It is no surprise the National Guard was ready for the challenges we faced in 2020, and continue to face in 2021."


But the Guard’s extensive presence in 2020 through 2021 has come at a cost. 

Top officials have warned that if the National Guard is not reimbursed the $521 million it is owed by August, it will be forced to reduce drill and annual training, along with operational maintenance.

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