Extinction Rebellion activists arrested after gluing themselves to London Stock Exchange on final day of protests

·Freelance Writer

Extinction Rebellion may have got to the final day of their protests but they are not stopping without more disruption first.

Activists glued themselves to the London Stock Exchange and climbed on top of a train in London this morning.

The climate change 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.

Extinction Rebellion protesters glued themselves to the entrances of the London Stock Exchange in the City of London this morning (PA)
Extinction Rebellion protesters glued themselves to the entrances of the London Stock Exchange in the City of London this morning (PA)
Police began removing the protesters not long after they began their stunt (PA)
Police began removing the protesters not long after they began their stunt (PA)

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

Police have since removed the protesters and transferred them to police vans nearby.

Extinction Rebellion (XR) 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.

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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.

Officers had to prise the hands off the walls carefully (PA)
Officers had to prise the hands off the walls carefully (PA)
The protesters wore LED signs reading "climate emergency", "tell the truth" and "you can't eat money" (PA)
The protesters wore LED signs reading "climate emergency", "tell the truth" and "you can't eat money" (PA)

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.”

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 that the markets were all open as normal.

A second group of Extinction Rebellion protesters, five men and one woman, glued themselves to an entrance of the London Stock Exchange (PA)
A second group of Extinction Rebellion protesters, five men and one woman, glued themselves to an entrance of the London Stock Exchange (PA)

A British Transport Police spokesman said the protesters on the train had been removed and arrested on suspicion of obstructing the railway.

A spokesman added: "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.”

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