/Extinction Rebellion protests: London Guildhall covered in fake blood

Extinction Rebellion protests: London Guildhall covered in fake blood


Climate protesters have accused financial institutions of making ‘blood money’ (Picture: AFP)

Extinction Rebellion protesters have targeted London’s financial district as its fortnight of action continues.

The group daubed the Guildhall in the City of London with red paint and accused financial institutions of making ‘blood money’.

Fake blood was also poured over the London Stock Exchange and the headquarters of the banking and financial services company Standard Chartered.

Protesters have threatened two weeks of disruption, prompting the Metropolitan Police to draft in extra officers from elsewhere in the country ahead of the weekend.

So far 305 arrests have been made over the protests for a wide variety of offences, including 112 on Tuesday alone.

Extinction Rebellion said in a statement: ‘The Guildhall is the administrative and ceremonial heart of the corporation of the City of London.

‘It is the symbolic and actual centre of the system that is killing us.’


Climate activists from the Extinction Rebellion sit over and gather around the entrance to the headquarters of Standard Chartered bank in the City of London on August 27, 2021 during the group's 'Impossible Rebellion' series of actions. - Climate change demonstrators from environmental activist group Extinction Rebellion continued with their latest round of protests in central London, promising two weeks of disruption. (Photo by Tolga Akmen / AFP) (Photo by TOLGA AKMEN/AFP via Getty Images)
Extinction Rebellion have taken to the streets of London for a sixth day running (Picture: AFP)

A climate activist from the Extinction Rebellion group demonstrates against the financing of fossil industries standing in fake blood on the floor of Paternoster Square next to St Paul's Cathedral in the City of London on August 27, 2021 during the group's 'Impossible Rebellion' series of actions. - Climate change demonstrators from environmental activist group Extinction Rebellion continued with their latest round of protests in central London, promising two weeks of disruption. (Photo by Tolga Akmen / AFP) (Photo by TOLGA AKMEN/AFP via Getty Images)
Today’s protests are part of its ‘Impossible Action’ campaign (Picture: AFP)

Police officers are seen outside an entrance to the Guildhall in the City of London on August 27, 2021 which was sprayed with red paint by climate activists from the Extinction Rebellion during the group's 'Impossible Rebellion' series of actions. - Climate change demonstrators from environmental activist group Extinction Rebellion continued with their latest round of protests in central London, promising two weeks of disruption. (Photo by Tolga Akmen / AFP) (Photo by TOLGA AKMEN/AFP via Getty Images)
Protestors targeted the Guildhall at the heart of London’s financial district (Picture: AFP)

Demonstrators marched with signs reading ‘fossil fuel finance is killing the Earth’ and ‘the financial industry is bleeding the Earth dry’.

The climate activists launched a week of action on Monday, with members occupying parts of London including Parliament Square and Oxford Circus.

Yesterday, activists dyed the water red in the fountains outside Buckingham Palace.

Extinction Rebellion is calling on the government to halt all new fossil fuel investment immediately.

Meanwhile, the Metropolitan Police said it is preparing to deploy thousands of extra officers in the capital over the bank holiday weekend to police further climate protests as well as other planned events.

Deputy assistant commissioner Matt Twist said: ‘As we head into the weekend, we are ready to respond to a number of different demonstrations by protest groups, including Extinction Rebellion.


Climate activists from the Extinction Rebellion march in the City of London on August 27, 2021 during the group's 'Impossible Rebellion' series of actions. - Climate change demonstrators from environmental activist group Extinction Rebellion continued with their latest round of protests in central London, promising two weeks of disruption. (Photo by Tolga Akmen / AFP) (Photo by TOLGA AKMEN/AFP via Getty Images)
The controversial protest group has threatened a fortnight of disruption in the capital (Picture: AFP)

Members of Extinction Rebellion dancing in fake blood in Paternoster Square, central London. Picture date: Friday August 27, 2021. PA Photo. Extinction Rebellion protests are aiming to occupy parts of central London for two weeks, with its main aim this year being to demand the Government halts all new investment in fossil fuels. See PA story PROTEST Climate. Photo credit should read: Kirsty O'Connor/PA Wire
Costumed protesters covered Paternoster Square with fake blood (Picture: PA)

The group are targeting financial institutions it says are profiting from environmentally damaging practices (Picture: Getty)

‘This past week, officers have worked hard to balance the rights of the protesters with those of the community, however on many occasions demonstrators’ actions became unreasonable and they caused or tried to cause serious disruption to the public and businesses.

‘Activists have frustrated the policing response by using complex lock-on devices which take time for officers to safely remove.

‘They have also used paint to deface London landmarks – action which we consider is totally unacceptable

‘Like everyone else, Extinction Rebellion have the right to assemble and protest, however this is a qualified right, and they do not have the right to cause serious and unreasonable disruption to others.

‘The unreasonable disruption caused by Extinction Rebellion, particularly as London continues to recover from the pandemic, is deeply frustrating, especially for communities who will see local officers pulled into central London in response.’

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