Climate protesters block access to London Stock Exchange
Environmental activist group Extinction Rebellion blocked the entrance to the London Stock Exchange Thursday as climate change protests continued in the British capital.
The group said it was “hitting the financial industry” to “demand they tell the truth about the devastating impact the industry has on our planet,” according to a tweet announcing the action on its official Twitter account.
The protesters glued themselves across the front and back entrances of the London Stock Exchange, wearing masks and armbands bearing the Extinction Rebellion symbol. Some wore LED ticker screens, reading, “climate emergency,” “tell the truth,” and “you can’t eat money.”
They were subsequently removed by police and taken away in police vans, according to the Press Association.
Further activists blocked Fleet Street outside Goldman Sachs. Some lay down in the road, while others chanted and banged drums, a video posted by the group showed.
City of London police said on Twitter that the affected area of the road could be closed for up to three hours.
In another tweet the group revealed that other activists had climbed onto a train in London’s Canary Wharf station for the second time in a week. Five protesters on top of the train held signs that read “don’t jail the canaries” and “business as usual = death.”
Police removed the activists using ropes, harnesses and ladders, PA reported.
In a statement, British Transport Police said five people were arrested on suspicion of obstructing the railway, and were in police custody.
Last week, three Extinction Rebellion activists were arrested at the same station in London’s financial district after two glued themselves to the top of a train, and a third glued himself to the side.
More than 1,000 protesters were arrested last week when the group took over locations in London such as Parliament Square, Oxford Circus and Waterloo Bridge. Police said 53 people were charged.
According to the Metropolitan Police, the demonstration sites at Waterloo Bridge, Oxford Street and Parliament Square were re-opened on Sunday. The statement cautioned that “officers remain at all three sites.”
A final protest site at Marble Arch was cleared on Thursday morning.
“We remain in frequent contact with the organizers to ensure that the serious disruption to Londoners is brought to a close as soon as possible and that only lawful and peaceful protests continue,” the police added.
Extinction Rebellion said in a statement that the protests would end with a closing ceremony in Hyde Park at 6 p.m. (1 p.m. ET) on Thursday.