Environmental protesters have glued themselves to the HM Treasury building as part of a day of action targeting the financial industry.
More than 300 Extinction Rebellion activists staged protests across the Square Mile and Canary Wharf as they shifted their focus from London landmarks to the financial sector.
Protesters demanded that the finance sector “tells the truth” about its role in the “climate and ecological emergency”.
A total of 26 protesters were arrested outside the London Stock Exchange (LSE) after protesters wearing masks, black suits and ties blocked the entrance to the building.
Having a sing outside @hmtreasury, demanding system change and an end to fossil fuel subsidies.
— Extinction Rebellion (@ExtinctionR) April 25, 2019
Some demonstrators wore financial ticker-style signs around their necks reading “you can’t eat money” and “climate emergency”.
Goldman Sachs’ office was also the target of a demonstration this morning and eco-activists blocked the roads at Bank junction.
Meanwhile, activists staged a demonstration at Canary Wharf for the second time in two weeks as protesters climbed on top of a Docklands Light Railway train during the morning rush hour.
British Transport Police arrested five people on suspicion of obstructing the railway.
Last week three people were arrested following a similar demonstration at the station. Three people are currently being held in police custody after pleading not guilty on disruption charges.
City of London Police warned businesses yesterday to take action to minimise disruption, including working from home, removing street furniture and increasing security and management presence.
The day of action comes as the protest group draws its two-week long demonstration to an end. Extinction Rebellion said it will remove the remaining blockade at Marble Arch this evening, after closing the landmark for two weeks.