In Pictures: Protesters channel Nessie and the Queen for Cop26 stunts

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The oil industry, poverty and indigenous rights were highlighted in the latest protests staged in Glasgow to coincide with the Cop26 climate conference being held in the city.

It came as the world’s finance ministers held talks at the summit to plot a way forward for funding a net-zero future for the planet.

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A protester dressed as the Queen led a ceremony to switch off the oil tap in a call for the new Cambo oilfield in the North Sea to be scrapped (Andrew Milligan/PA)
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The stunt on Glasgow’s Buchanan Street came on the anniversary of the Queen inaugurating the flow of North Sea oil in 1975 (Andrew Milligan/PA)
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Friends of the Earth Scotland, along with the campaign groups Platform and Stop Cambo, staged the event as finance ministers from around the world met at Cop26 (Andrew Milligan/PA)
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Also on Buchanan Street on Wednesday morning, members of climate activist group Extinction Rebellion staged a stunt (Jane Barlow/PA)
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They posed in aprons with cleaning products for the ‘greenwashing’ protest (Jane Barlow/PA)
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On the banks of the River Clyde near the Cop26 venue, poverty was the subject of a stunt featuring an inflatable Loch Ness Monster (Jess Hurd/PA)
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But before the inflatable could be put in the water, it was seized by police for breaching maritime restrictions put in place for the duration of the conference (Jess Hurd/PA)
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The Jubilee Debt Campaign had planned to launch its ‘Loch Ness Debt Monster’ to call for lower income countries to receive funding for tackling climate change as grants, rather than loans which would add to their debt piles (Jess Hurd/PA)
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On Glasgow Green, indigenous people gathered before marching to the Cop26 venue to highlight no community can be left behind (Jane Barlow/PA)
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Indigenous leaders were in ceremonial dress for the event (Jane Barlow/PA)
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The indigenous peoples brought with them a colourful display as they highlighted their role (Jane Barlow/PA)
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Later, members of the Red Rebel Brigade took part in an Extinction Rebellion protest in the city (Jane Barlow/PA)
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Demonstrators carried two large eyes to suggest the climate group ‘was watching the world leaders’ (Jane Barlow/PA)
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Police hold an Extinction Rebellion protester outside SSE Renewables in Glasgow (Jane Barlow/PA)
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