Climate protesters block entrance to London Stock Exchange

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Over the bank holiday weekend it took a mass police operation to clear Oxford Circus, Waterloo Bridge and Parliament Square of the small festivals of protest, which included stages, sound systems, workshops, wellbeing tents and free food.

Activists from Extinction Rebellion - a fast-growing movement founded past year by British academics - have used 11 days of festive but highly disruptive rallies to focus global attention on climate change.

Police officers attempt to remove climate change activists who have locked their hands together, as they block traffic in the City of London financial district during environmental protests by the Extinction Rebellion group in London on April 25, 2019.

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".

The exchange, which has no trading floor, continued to function as normal. Climate justice. When do we want it?

The "Extinction Rebellion" protests are meant to disrupt daily life and provoke discussion on climate change.

Extinction Rebellion protests have also held across the world during April, including in the United States, Canada, France, Belgium, Sweden, the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Colombia, Australia, and New Zealand, where protests were held in seven different parts of the country.

Yesterday City of London Police warned businesses to prepare contingency plans to minimise disruption, including working from home, removing street furniture and bolster security and management presence.

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".

At the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) station in Canary Wharf, five protesters from the group climbed aboard a train and unfurled a banner which read: "Business as usual = Death".

The latest demonstration comes as the activists prepare to remove the remaining blockades in Marble Arch and Parliament Square, after closing the central London landmarks for nearly two weeks.

The group issued a statement Wednesday that said, "We know we have disrupted your lives".

Government must act now to halt biodiversity loss and reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2025. We do not do this lightly.

Over 1,000 people were arrested and the Met Police charged 71 in connection to the demonstrations which will come to a close at 5pm tomorrow in Hyde Park's Speaker's Corner.

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