Extinction Rebellion activists glue themselves to London Stock Exchange

Climate change activists have glued themselves to the London Stock Exchange and climbed on top of a train on the final day of their protests in London.

The Extinction Rebellion demonstrators glued themselves to entrances to the exchange in the City of London wearing LED signs reading "climate emergency", "tell the truth" and "you can't eat money".

In another London financial district protesters climbed on top of a Docklands Light Railway train at Canary Wharf station in east London.

Activists held signs saying "business as usual = death" and "don't jail the canaries".

Extinction Rebellion (XR) said its action in the City of London is likely to last a few hours, on the day the group is due to end blockades at Parliament Square and Marble Arch.

An XR spokeswoman said the area is being targeted because "the financial industry is responsible for funding climate and ecological destruction and we are calling on them, the companies and the institutions that allow this to happen, to tell the truth".

She added: "And we're asking the Government to take action to address the climate emergency."

The eco-protesters have been urging ministers to declare a climate emergency to avoid what it calls a "sixth mass extinction" of species on Earth.

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The climate protest group has also targeted Canary Wharf.
The climate protest group has also targeted Canary Wharf.
Seven Extinction Rebellion (XR) activists have glued themselves to the London Stock Exchange, while others have climbed on top of a train at Canary Wharf station as part of a planned day of protest against the finance industry.
Six protesters, five men and one woman, from Extinction Rebellion have glued themselves to an entrance to the London Stock Exchange. The Extinction Rebellion demonstrators glued themselves to entrances to the exchange in the City of London wearing LED signs reading "climate emergency", "tell the truth" and "you can't eat money".
Protesters sit on top of a train as they block traffic at Canary Wharf Station during the Extinction Rebellion protest in London, Britain April 25, 2019. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez
A man gestures on top of a train as demonstrators block traffic at Canary Wharf Station during the Extinction Rebellion protest in London, Britain April 25, 2019. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez
Police begin to remove Extinction Rebellion protesters who have glued themselves to the entrances of the London Stock Exchange in the City of London. (Photo by Isabel Infantes/PA Images via Getty Images)
Police begin to remove Extinction Rebellion protesters who have glued themselves to the entrances of the London Stock Exchange in the City of London. (Photo by Isabel Infantes/PA Images via Getty Images)
Police begin to remove Extinction Rebellion protesters who have glued themselves to the entrances of the London Stock Exchange in the City of London. (Photo by Isabel Infantes/PA Images via Getty Images)
Climate activists from the Extension Rebellion group forming a human chain to block the main entrance to the London Stock Exchange (LSE) in the City of London, U.K., on Thursday, April 25, 2019. The demonstrators are demanding that the U.K. acknowledge the "crisis" posed by global warming, enact legally binding policies to reduce net carbon emissions to zero by 2025, and form a citizens assembly to oversee changes. Photographer: Luke MacGregor/Bloomberg via Getty Images
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 25: Extinction Rebellion environmental activists protester Sian Vaughan 53, retired head teacher glued to the main entrance of the London Stock Exchange on the groups final day of direct action during day 11 of ongoing protests in London, England.The climate change activist group aims to stop traffic and occupy key locations to causing maximum disruption to the capital for up to two weeks unless their climate protection demands are met by Government, as a series of protests take place globally to highlight the ongoing ecological crisis. (Photo by Ollie Millington/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 25: Extinction Rebellion environmental activists protest glued to the main entrance of the London Stock Exchange on the groups final day of direct action during day 11 of ongoing protests in London, England.The climate change activist group aims to stop traffic and occupy key locations to causing maximum disruption to the capital for up to two weeks unless their climate protection demands are met by Government, as a series of protests take place globally to highlight the ongoing ecological crisis. (Photo by Ollie Millington/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 25: Extinction Rebellion environmental activists protest (L-R) Alan Heath, 55, research scientist, Jen Witts, 38, support worker for vulnerable people, Sian Vaughan 53, retired head teacher, Debbie Rees, 57, Gardener and artist, Kef Shimidzu, 55, tutor and learning support worker, Lucy Galvin, 53, civil servant and Johnny Woon, 60, retired glued to the main entrance of the London Stock Exchange on the groups final day of direct action during day 11 of ongoing protests in London, England.The climate change activist group aims to stop traffic and occupy key locations to causing maximum disruption to the capital for up to two weeks unless their climate protection demands are met by Government, as a series of protests take place globally to highlight the ongoing ecological crisis. (Photo by Ollie Millington/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 25: Extinction Rebellion environmental activists protest glued to the main entrance of the London Stock Exchange on the groups final day of direct action during day 11 of ongoing protests in London, England.The climate change activist group aims to stop traffic and occupy key locations to causing maximum disruption to the capital for up to two weeks unless their climate protection demands are met by Government, as a series of protests take place globally to highlight the ongoing ecological crisis. (Photo by Ollie Millington/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 25: Extinction Rebellion environmental activists protest glued to the main entrance of the London Stock Exchange on the groups final day of direct action during day 11 of ongoing protests in London, England.The climate change activist group aims to stop traffic and occupy key locations to causing maximum disruption to the capital for up to two weeks unless their climate protection demands are met by Government, as a series of protests take place globally to highlight the ongoing ecological crisis. (Photo by Ollie Millington/Getty Images)
RETRANSMISSION ADDING NAMES TO CAPTION (left to right) Alan Heath, 55, research scientist, Jen Witts, 38, support worker for vulnerable people, Sian Vaughan 53, retired head teacher, Extinction Rebellion protesters who have glued themselves to the entrances of the London Stock Exchange in the City of London. (Photo by Isabel Infantes/PA Images via Getty Images)
RETRANSMISSION ADDING NAMES TO CAPTION (left to right) Alan Heath, 55, research scientist, Jen Witts, 38, support worker for vulnerable people, Sian Vaughan 53, retired head teacher, Debbie Rees, 57, Gardener and artist, Kef Shimidzu, 55, tutor and learning support worker, Lucy Galvin, 53, civil servant and Johnny Woon, 60, retired, Extinction Rebellion protesters who have glued themselves to the entrances of the London Stock Exchange in the City of London. (Photo by Isabel Infantes/PA Images via Getty Images)
Extinction Rebellion protesters who have glued themselves to the entrances of the London Stock Exchange in the City of London. (Photo by Isabel Infantes/PA Images via Getty Images)
Extinction Rebellion protesters glued themselves to the entrances of the London Stock Exchange in the City of London. (Photo by Isabel Infantes/PA Images via Getty Images)
Extinction Rebellion protesters who have glued themselves to the entrances of the London Stock Exchange in the City of London. (Photo by Isabel Infantes/PA Images via Getty Images)
Extinction Rebellion activists are seen behind a large banner marching to Parliament to deliver letters to their MPs during the Extinction Rebellion march in London. Extinction Rebellion protesters march from Marble Arch to Parliament Square, attempting to deliver letters to their MPs. Extinction Rebellion activists were permitted to be in Parliament Square but not to enter Parliament. After several attempts to deliver the letters, the activists reached an agreement with MPs through the police. Ten activists were allowed to deliver the letters in the company of Baroness Jenny Jones (Green party). Philosopher and Green campaigner Rupert Reed, Labour Shadow minister Clive Lewis and Labour MP Lloyd Russell-Moyle spoke to protesters. Extinction Rebellion demands from the government direct action on the climate, reduce carbon emissions to zero by 2025 and a peoples assembly. (Photo by Andres Pantoja / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
Labour Shadow Minister Clive Lewis speaking at the Extinction Rebellion march in London. Extinction Rebellion protesters march from Marble Arch to Parliament Square, attempting to deliver letters to their MPs. Extinction Rebellion activists were permitted to be in Parliament Square but not to enter Parliament. After several attempts to deliver the letters, the activists reached an agreement with MPs through the police. Ten activists were allowed to deliver the letters in the company of Baroness Jenny Jones (Green party). Philosopher and Green campaigner Rupert Reed, Labour Shadow minister Clive Lewis and Labour MP Lloyd Russell-Moyle spoke to protesters. Extinction Rebellion demands from the government direct action on the climate, reduce carbon emissions to zero by 2025 and a peoples assembly. (Photo by Andres Pantoja / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
Brighton Labour MP Lloyd Russell-Moyle speaking at the Extinction Rebellion march in London Extinction Rebellion protesters march from Marble Arch to Parliament Square, attempting to deliver letters to their MPs. Extinction Rebellion activists were permitted to be in Parliament Square but not to enter Parliament. After several attempts to deliver the letters, the activists reached an agreement with MPs through the police. Ten activists were allowed to deliver the letters in the company of Baroness Jenny Jones (Green party). Philosopher and Green campaigner Rupert Reed, Labour Shadow minister Clive Lewis and Labour MP Lloyd Russell-Moyle spoke to protesters. Extinction Rebellion demands from the government direct action on the climate, reduce carbon emissions to zero by 2025 and a peoples assembly. (Photo by Andres Pantoja / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
Climate Change protesters are seen holding a placard and a flag with the Extinction Rebellion logo during the Extinction Rebellion march in London. Extinction Rebellion protesters march from Marble Arch to Parliament Square, attempting to deliver letters to their MPs. Extinction Rebellion activists were permitted to be in Parliament Square but not to enter Parliament. After several attempts to deliver the letters, the activists reached an agreement with MPs through the police. Ten activists were allowed to deliver the letters in the company of Baroness Jenny Jones (Green party). Philosopher and Green campaigner Rupert Reed, Labour Shadow minister Clive Lewis and Labour MP Lloyd Russell-Moyle spoke to protesters. Extinction Rebellion demands from the government direct action on the climate, reduce carbon emissions to zero by 2025 and a peoples assembly. (Photo by Andres Pantoja / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
Ian Christian Smuts (Jan Smuts) sculpture with an Extinction Rebellion Flag. Extinction Rebellion protesters march from Marble Arch to Parliament Square, attempting to deliver letters to their MPs. Extinction Rebellion activists were permitted to be in Parliament Square but not to enter Parliament. After several attempts to deliver the letters, the activists reached an agreement with MPs through the police. Ten activists were allowed to deliver the letters in the company of Baroness Jenny Jones (Green party). Philosopher and Green campaigner Rupert Reed, Labour Shadow minister Clive Lewis and Labour MP Lloyd Russell-Moyle spoke to protesters. Extinction Rebellion demands from the government direct action on the climate, reduce carbon emissions to zero by 2025 and a peoples assembly. (Photo by Andres Pantoja / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
Extinction Rebellion activists are seen behind a large banner marching to Parliament to deliver letters to their MPs during the Extinction Rebellion march in London. Extinction Rebellion protesters march from Marble Arch to Parliament Square, attempting to deliver letters to their MPs. Extinction Rebellion activists were permitted to be in Parliament Square but not to enter Parliament. After several attempts to deliver the letters, the activists reached an agreement with MPs through the police. Ten activists were allowed to deliver the letters in the company of Baroness Jenny Jones (Green party). Philosopher and Green campaigner Rupert Reed, Labour Shadow minister Clive Lewis and Labour MP Lloyd Russell-Moyle spoke to protesters. Extinction Rebellion demands from the government direct action on the climate, reduce carbon emissions to zero by 2025 and a peoples assembly. (Photo by Andres Pantoja / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
Performers demonstrate at Parliament Square during the Extinction Rebellion march. Extinction Rebellion protesters march from Marble Arch to Parliament Square, attempting to deliver letters to their MPs. Extinction Rebellion activists were permitted to be in Parliament Square but not to enter Parliament. After several attempts to deliver the letters, the activists reached an agreement with MPs through the police. Ten activists were allowed to deliver the letters in the company of Baroness Jenny Jones (Green party). Philosopher and Green campaigner Rupert Reed, Labour Shadow minister Clive Lewis and Labour MP Lloyd Russell-Moyle spoke to protesters. Extinction Rebellion demands from the government direct action on the climate, reduce carbon emissions to zero by 2025 and a peoples assembly. (Photo by Andres Pantoja / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
A small group of Extinction Rebellion protesters head to hand in letters written by activists to MPs at the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, London, asking for action on climate issues. More than 1,000 people have been arrested during the climate change protests in London as police cleared the roadblocks responsible for disruption in the capital.
Extinction Rebellion activists is seen holding a letter for his MP during the Extinction Rebellion march in London. Extinction Rebellion protesters march from Marble Arch to Parliament Square, attempting to deliver letters to their MPs. Extinction Rebellion activists were permitted to be in Parliament Square but not to enter Parliament. After several attempts to deliver the letters, the activists reached an agreement with MPs through the police. Ten activists were allowed to deliver the letters in the company of Baroness Jenny Jones (Green party). Philosopher and Green campaigner Rupert Reed, Labour Shadow minister Clive Lewis and Labour MP Lloyd Russell-Moyle spoke to protesters. Extinction Rebellion demands from the government direct action on the climate, reduce carbon emissions to zero by 2025 and a peoples assembly. (Photo by Andres Pantoja / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
Elliott Cuciurean outside Westminster Magistrates' Court in London, the 20-year old who is believed to be the first climate activist successfully prosecuted over the fresh wave of Extinction Rebellion protests has been spared a fine.
Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg at the House of Commons in Westminster, London, to discuss the need for cross-party action to address the climate crisis.
A pro EU supporter walks past a line of police officers near Parliament in Westminster, London during a Extinction Rebellion protest. More than 1,000 people have been arrested during the climate change protests in London as police cleared the roadblocks responsible for disruption in the capital.
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In a statement announcing the end of its action XR said: "We would like to thank Londoners for opening their hearts and demonstrating their willingness to act on that truth.

"We know we have disrupted your lives. We do not do this lightly. We only do this because this is an emergency."

The group also said the public should expect more action "very soon", adding there will be a "closing ceremony" at Speakers' Corner in Hyde Park on Thursday at 5pm.

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

The action has seen Waterloo Bridge and Oxford Circus blocked and a "die-in" at the Natural History Museum.

A British Transport Police spokesman said: "We are currently responding to a protest incident at Canary Wharf station where a @LondonDLR service is being obstructed.

"Specialist units are on scene who are working to remove the protesters."

A Transport for London spokesman said: "We are aware that there are demonstrations taking place across London which may cause disruption to travel.

"The safety of our customers and staff is our number one priority and we're working closely with the police to manage the impact on London's transport network. We would encourage people to check their journeys before they travel."

A spokesman for City of London Police, which deals with the Stock Exchange, said: "We are aware protesters have taken direct action in the City this morning. We have a policing plan in place to manage protester activity."

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