Daredevil dressed as Boris Johnson climbs Big Ben to fight climate change

Elias Hubbard
October 19, 2019

An Extinction Rebellion activist has sparked a security alert near the UK Houses of Parliament by partially climbing up Big Ben to protest inaction on climate change, as police and construction workers looked on.

The daredevil, Ben Atkinson, clambered up the Westminster clock tower to hang two banners reading, "No pride on a dead planet" and "Citizens Assembly", the Guardian reported.

Atkinson, 43, climbed up the scaffolding surrounding Big Ben, which is undergoing a four-year restoration project, without ropes and was first spotted around 3:30 p.m.

Extinction Rebellion protesters have blocked Oxford Circus in central London in defiance of a city-wide ban on their demonstrations.

Sky News posted video of the incident on Friday afternoon via Twitter, noting that the man has been officially named by the protest group as tree surgeon Ben Atkinson.

This time around, Vancouver police say they would keep an eye on the protest, adding they're ready to "restore order" if anything becomes unlawful. "Officers remain on scene".

Protesters marched through the streets for about two hours, staging a spontaneous "die in" in front of Pacific Centre at Granville and Georgia along the way.

Extinction Rebellion is urging people to keep momentum going in the wake of the September 27 climate action strike that took place worldwide, including in Vancouver where an estimated 100,000 people marched from city hall to downtown Vancouver.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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