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Climate change protestors glued to London Stock Exchange

Activists target London's financial centre as protests continue into a second week

Demonstrators glue their hands to the London stock exchange during the Extinction Rebellion protest in London, Britain April 25, 2019. REUTERS/Simon Dawson
Demonstrators glue their hands to the London stock exchange during the Extinction Rebellion protest in London, Britain April 25, 2019. REUTERS/Simon Dawson

Climate change activists glued themselves to the entrance of the London Stock Exchange on Thursday as part of almost two weeks of protests disrupting the capital.

A line of masked protestors dressed in matching black suits glued themselves together and onto the building entrance to the City of London building, preventing anyone from entering and leaving.

The Extinction Rebellion activists had LED tickers on their chests mimicking screens seen in the financial district, with the words “tell the truth”, “climate emergency” and “you can’t eat money”.

Protestors also climbed on top of a train at Canary Wharf station, a key hub for financial sector workers.

Police used a ladder to remove them and they were later arrested.

Activists also blocked a road near the Bank of England holding banners in a somewhat jovial atmosphere as they sang Bob Marley's “One Love”.

The group had said on Wednesday that it would end action on London’s streets but has since continued. Protests could culminate on Friday, when the group will take to the famous Hyde Park Speakers Corner after two weeks of protests.

Extinction Rebellion said it wanted the UK government to “tell the truth on its impact on the climate and ecological emergency” and had targeted London’s financial centre to highlight the “corrosive impacts of the financial sector on the world we live in.”

Over 13 days of disruption, more than 1,000 people have been arrested and more than 10,000 police officers deployed to the streets of London.

Protests were held at Britain’s busiest airport last week, while the movement has spread across Europe and the rest of the world.

In Austria, activists blocked city trams while the streets of Sweden’s Gothenburg were closed last week.

In the Spanish city of Barcelona, protesters arranged themselves in the shape of Extinction Rebellion's egg-timer logo.

The protests spread as far as New York, where campaigners temporarily blocked the Brooklyn Bridge.

Updated: April 25, 2019 02:06 PM

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