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Extinction Rebellion protesters blockade London Stock Exchange

EXTINCTION REBELLION protesters blockaded the London Stock Exchange today by gluing themselves to the entrance.

The climate change activists said the action was against the major banks “playing greedy with our planet.”

A small group of protesters also locked themselves to the doors of the offices of Goldman Sachs on Fleet Street.

Since the signing of the Paris climate agreements in 2016, the world’s leading banks have financed the fossil fuel industry by approximately £1.5 trillion.

Since 2016, Goldman Sachs has given £46 billion to the industry, while the Royal Bank of Canada financed 34 per cent of Canada’s total energy emissions last year by directly investing in fossil fuels.

Banks have also funded projects that have led to the destruction of the rainforest, as well as in fracking and the building of oil pipelines across North America.

Extinction Rebellion protester Roisin, from Birmingham, told the Star: “We have to stop the actions of the bankers, who have not only brought us a financial crisis but are buying us into ecological crisis.

“They’re playing greedy with our planet and clearly don’t mind counting their cash on a dying Earth.”

Thirteen of the bank protesters were arrested on suspicion of aggravated trespassing, according to Scotland Yard. They were unglued and taken away in police vans.

Elsewhere, five protesters including 83-year-old grandfather Phil Kingston climbed onto the roof of a DLR train at Canary Wharf, holding signs saying: “Business as usual = death” and “Don’t jail the canaries.”

This is in reference to London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s comments that the protesters must stop and allow London to return to “business as usual.”

They were arrested on suspicion of obstructing the railway, British Transport Police said.

Some 1,130 people have been arrested during the protests which started on April 15.

Today was believed to be the last day of action.

In central London, dozens of XR members including drummers and banner-carriers could be seen demonstrating outside offices of Goldman Sachs.

The group moved down the road and blockaded it at intervals, with around a dozen buses seen stuck on either side of the blockade.

Labour shadow home secretary Diane Abbott addressed protesters, saying: “You’ve done an amazing job drawing people’s attention to the climate emergency.

“In all the noise and kerfuffle of Brexit, the climate emergency is the most important issue facing us.”


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