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Extinction rebellion activists disrupt city in fresh protest | UK news

Extinction Rebellion activists have gleaned themselves to the London Stock Exchange and climbed onto the roof of a train at Canary Wharf as part of the latest wave of climate change protests.

Two men and five women glued themselves to a wall and to each other at London Stock Exchange at around 6.45am.

They read LED signs reading: "Climate emergency", "Tell the truth" and "You can not eat money".



Members of the environmental group Extinction Rebellion block the London Stock Exchange



Extinction Rebellion activists have glued themselves to the London Stock Exchange, forming a chain as they are blocked entry to the building.

Five demonstrators climbed onto a DLR train in Canary Wharf holding signs saying "business as usual = death" and "do not jail the canaries", and one woman glued herself to a train.

The group says there will be small "actions" like this across the financial district today.

Protesters climb onto a DLR train at Canary Wharf
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Protesters climb onto a DLR train at Canary Wharf

It is part of co-ordinated action against the financial industry, which Extinction Rebellion claims climate change.

Demonstrators want to "swarm" into the square Mile to cause roadblocks, targeting big businesses and banking.

Members of the environmental group Extinction Rebellion block the London Stock Exchange
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The action in the City of London is likely to last a few hours

The action in the City of London is likely to end a few hours, the group said, and comes on the day it is due to end blocks at Parliament Square and Marble Arch.

A spokeswoman for the group said: "There is a public event which is swarming, where at different locations in the city people want to swarm into the roads and block the roads."

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Members of the environmental group are targeting the financial industry

It is targeted because it is "responsible for funding climate and ecological destruction".

"We are calling for the emergency response."

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Amongst their supporters are actress Emma Thompson and 16-year-old activist Greta Thunberg, who started a school strike movement.

London, smashing a door at the Shell building and shocking lawmakers with a semi-nude protest in parliament.

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

In a statement announcing the end of their action, the group said, "We know we have disrupted your lives." We do not do this lightly.

"Around the planet, a long-awaited and much-needed conversation has begun."

80 cities in 33 countries.

"People are talking about the climate and ecological emergency in ways that we never imagined."

The group added: "It's now time to go back to our communities, whether in London, around the UK or internationally."

It would be a "closing ceremony" at Speakers' Corner in Hyde Park on Thursday at 5pm.

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