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Extinction Rebellion activist climbs Big Ben scaffolding

Extinction Rebellion activist climbs Big Ben scaffolding”

A climate-change protester climbed scaffolding around London's Big Ben tower at parliament on Friday, as almost two weeks of action from the Extinction Rebellion group draws to a close.

The banners read "No pride on a dead planet" and "Citizens Assembly", reports said.

The man was reportedly wearing a costume and a blond wig resembling Prime Minister Boris Johnson's distinctive hairstyle.

Extinction Rebellion activists have been marching through London demanding action for climate change as part of the penultimate day of their "Autumn Uprising" campaign.

The climate change protest group set up wooden tripods to block the junction as demonstrators sat or lay in the road.

The Press Association news agency identified him as 43-year-old tree surgeon Ben Atkinson. Public opinion towards the group soured when members staged a protest earlier this week at a London Tube station, climbing on top of train carriages until angry commuters pulled them back down to the ground to allow services to resume.

In a tweet, the City of Westminster police said: "Police have removed a suspicious package from Whitehall".

Extinction Rebellion decried the ban as an "erosion of democracy" and called for greater attention on the climate crisis.



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