Climate protester scales London's Big Ben on final day of action
October 18 2019 06:26 PM
An Extinction Rebellion climate change activist is seen on the scaffolding of the Big Ben tower in L
An Extinction Rebellion climate change activist is seen on the scaffolding of the Big Ben tower in London

Reuters/London

A climate-change protester climbed scaffolding around London's Big Ben tower at parliament on Friday, as nearly two weeks of action from the Extinction Rebellion group draws to a close.
The movement has been targeting government buildings, a local airport and financial institutions such as BlackRock to highlight the threat posed by global warming.
Tree surgeon Ben Atkinson, 43, climbed part of the way up Big Ben, hanging two banners from scaffolding on the tower, which is being renovated.


A partial view shows the Houses of Parliament and the Big Ben clock tower in London, Britain on September 11

"(He) will drop an Extinction Rebellion banner to highlight government inaction on the Climate and Ecological Emergency," the group said in a message.
Coming to prominence in April when it sparked travel chaos in London for 11 days, Extinction Rebellion wants Britain to accelerate its plans to eliminate fossil fuels.
Police said officers were at the scene.



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