Extinction Rebellion plans ‘major disruption’ for Bank of England

The group said it would 'swarm' the city

Monday, October 14, 2019

Climate change activists have blocked a junction outside the Bank of England as the Extinction Rebellion protests continue into their second week.

Hundreds of demonstrators have congregated in the road, having vowed to “swarm” the city of London and cause “maximum disruption” to financial institutions.

The group said it was targeting the industry because the banking sector’s “contribution to funding climate breakdown is driving us towards ecological collapse”.

In some surrounding streets traffic has been brought to a standstill, with long queues of buses sat empty with their engines off.

Protesters have been seen sheltering under umbrellas and brandishing flags bearing the Extinction Rebellion logo, with drummers playing.

Others nearby are handing out leaflets which say "We're sorry" and explain why they are protesting.

So far, around 1,300 people have been arrested in connection with the protests, which have seen participants issue a series of demands on the government for immediate action on the “climate emergency”.

Last week, Metropolitan Police chief Dame Cressida Dick said the force has been "stretched" by the protests, impeding its ability to respond to other crimes.

Earlier this year, the campaign group staged similar rallies across the city, with a total number of 1,100 arrests across the two week action.

Demonstrators blockaded the London Stock Exchange by gluing themselves across the entrances, while others stuck themselves together outside the Goldman Sachs HQ on Fleet Street.

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