Climate protests: Activists set sights on London Stock Exchange and City

Climate change protesters have glued themselves to the London Stock Exchange and climbed on top of another DLR train on what Londoners will welcome as the final day of a series of bizarre protests around the capital, including a semi-nude protest in parliament.

The group is demanding the government declare a climate and ecological emergency. Government has responded by detailing the numerous ways in which the UK is in fact leading when it comes to addressing climate issues.

Disruption caused by the demonstrations, which began over a week ago, could run into the millions for the Metropolitan Police, which has had to call for support from other local police forces.

Speaking to BBC Breakfast, chair of the Metropolitan Police Federation, Ken Marsh, said the protests were very difficult to handle.

“The sufferers will be the communities in the local boroughs where officers are being taken from the community areas, and the funding and money has to be found to deal with what we are doing,” he explained.

Extinction Rebellion organisers and followers have attracted widespread criticism from the public. Over 1,000 arrests have been made since the beginning of the gatherings. The Metropolitan Police reported yesterday that 22 arrests were made in Marble Arch, and one in Parliament Square on suspicion of possession of a bladed article. The current number of charges remains at 69.

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