Protesters glue themselves to the London Stock Exchange

James Marshall
April 29, 2019

Environmental activists blocked the entrance to the London Stock Exchange in the final day of protests aimed at pushing the United Kingdom to act faster to avert what they claim will be catastrophic climate change.

"[I have] been inspired by the way they do things, the non-violence, the support of protesters when they're being arrested, and the focus on love of the planet", Hull said of the movement.

According to Reuters news reports, the environmental activists have caused major mass disruption in the recent weeks in London, blocking Waterloo Bridge, Oxford Circus and Marble Arch, further smashing doors at Shell buildings, and bringing lawmakers into shock with a semi-nude demonstration in parliament.

On Thursday, the Associated Press reports the group targeted London's financial business district, blocking the road outside investment bank Goldman Sachs.

On Thursday, they turned their attention to London's financial institutions and the City - home to more worldwide banks than any other and the global center for foreign exchange trading.

A string of seven Extinction Rebellion protesters blocked the entrance to the exchange, with campaigners dressed in what they described as "Robocop-style" masks with the Extinction Rebellion logo painted on in gold. Six other protesters had blocked the rear entrance.

NBC has not responded to Extinction Rebellion's letter, though the company did remove the protesters from the iconic globe. Some wore LED ticker screens, reading, "climate emergency", "tell the truth", and "you can't eat money".

Clarissa Carlyon, from London, said: "We are coming into Parliament Square because we have captured the media's attention and a lot of attention around the globe, and now it's time for the politicians to come and talk to us".

The group Extinction Rebellion said it was targeting the financial services industry for "funding climate and ecological destruction".

Five people were arrested on suspicion of obstructing the railway, the British Transport Police said.

Police have begun removing XR protesters who glued themselves to the London Stock Exchange and are transferring them to police vans nearby.

Officers told Extinction Rebellion they must remain in a confined area of Marble Arch.

The group, which is calling for immediate government action on climate change, said the die-in symbolised the extinct animals on display at the museum. "We would encourage people to check their journeys before they travel".

Eleven days of marches, arrests and widespread disruption have finished in London as the Extinction Rebellion group ends its protests across the city.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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