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Eco warriors block London Stock Exchange


Yesterday, global warming activists blockaded the London Stock Exchange by gluing themselves across the entrances.

Protesters from Extinction Rebellion attached themselves to walls and to each other at the financial centre in the City of London.

Two men and five women, wearings LED signs reading: "Climate emergency", "Tell the truth" and "You can't eat money", linked arms outside the financial institution before 7am.

Extinction Rebellion named the activists on its website and gave their ages and occupations. 

They include Alan Heath, 55, a research scientist, Jen Witts, 38, a support worker, Sian Vaughan 53, a retired head teacher, Debbie Rees, 57, a gardener and artist, Kef Shimidzu, 55, a tutor, Lucy Galvin, 53, a civil servant and Johnny Woon, 60, who is retired.

A further six protesters, five men and one woman, also from Extinction Rebellion also blocked a second entrance to the stock exchange.

Among that group is a 42-year-old tree surgeon, Ben Barrage, and Dr Sandy Biden-Hoskins, 64, a doctor of archeology.

Yesterday's protests were part of co-ordinated action against the financial industry, which Extinction Rebellion claims facilities climate change, to mark the final day of demonstrations in London.

Elsewhere in the City, temporary road blocks were set up by activists at Bank and Southwark Bridge.

Extinction Rebellion is urging the government to "tell the truth" about the scale of the climate crisis and wants the UK to reduce carbon emissions to net zero by 2025. It wants a Citizens' Assembly to oversee the changes needed to achieve that goal.

More than 1,000 people have been arrested since the protests began on 15 April.