Saturday, 30 May, 2020


Climate protester in Boris Johnson garb scales Big Ben tower

Extinction Rebellion protest in London Atkinson walking on Big Ben's scaffolding. Reuters
Bennie Garza | 20 October, 2019, 21:03

An environmental activist has been seen climbing the scaffolding of Big Ben.

The movement has been targeting government buildings, a local airport and financial institutions such as BlackRock to highlight the threat posed by global warming.

Atkinson, 43, climbed up the scaffolding surrounding Big Ben, which is undergoing a four-year restoration project, without ropes and was first spotted around 3:30 p.m.

Police said officers were at the scene.

After scaling the tower, the demonstrator - who seemed to be carrying a dressing up and wig mimicking Prime Minister Boris Johnson - unfurled the flag and waved to the crowds under. He posted a Facebook comment urging Johnson to convene a citizens' assembly.

Not to be deterred after being torn down from the roof of a train, London-based Extinction Rebellion protestors have once again made their disruptive presence felt. The group apologized Friday for the disruption, saying "we don't do this out of malice, we do it because we are scared and we care".

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