Extinction Rebellion activists glue themselves to London Stock Exchange

By Press Association Reporters

Climate change activists have glued themselves to the London Stock Exchange and climbed on top of a train on the final day of their protests in London.

The Extinction Rebellion (XR) demonstrators glued themselves to entrances to the exchange in the City of London wearing LED signs reading “climate emergency”, “tell the truth” and “you can’t eat money”.

In another London financial district protesters climbed on top of a Docklands Light Railway train at Canary Wharf station in east London.

Activists held signs saying “business as usual = death” and “don’t jail the canaries”.

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

British Transport Police officers used ropes, harnesses and ladders to take down the five Extinction Rebellion protesters who climbed onto a train at Canary Wharf, including 83-year-old Phil Kingston.

Extinction Rebellion said its action in the City of London is likely to last a few hours, on the day the group is due to end blockades at Parliament Square and Marble Arch.

An XR spokeswoman said the area is being targeted because “the financial industry is responsible for funding climate and ecological destruction and we are calling on them, the companies and the institutions that allow this to happen, to tell the truth”.

She added: “And we’re asking the Government to take action to address the climate emergency.”

The eco-protesters have been urging ministers to declare a climate emergency to avoid what it calls a “sixth mass extinction” of species on Earth.

In a statement announcing the end of its action XR said: “We would like to thank Londoners for opening their hearts and demonstrating their willingness to act on that truth.

“We know we have disrupted your lives. We do not do this lightly. We only do this because this is an emergency.”

Extinction Rebellion protesters at the entrance of the London Stock Exchange (Isabel Infantes/PA)

The group also said the public should expect more action “very soon”, adding there will be a “closing ceremony” at Speakers’ Corner in Hyde Park on Thursday at 5pm.

More than 1,000 people have been arrested during the protests which started on April 15, while more than 10,000 police officers have been deployed.

The action has seen Waterloo Bridge and Oxford Circus blocked and a “die-in” at the Natural History Museum.

The London Stock Exchange said the markets were all open as normal.

A British Transport Police spokesman said: “We are currently responding to a protest incident at Canary Wharf station where a @LondonDLR service is being obstructed.

“Specialist units are on scene who are working to remove the protesters.”

The force said that at 8am there had been no arrests.

A Transport for London spokesman said: “We are aware that there are demonstrations taking place across London which may cause disruption to travel.

“The safety of our customers and staff is our number one priority and we’re working closely with the police to manage the impact on London’s transport network. We would encourage people to check their journeys before they travel.”

A spokesman for City of London Police, which deals with the Stock Exchange, said: “We are aware protesters have taken direct action in the City this morning. We have a policing plan in place to manage protester activity.”