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UK News Extinction Rebellion protester climbs up base of Big Ben

18:50  18 october  2019
18:50  18 october  2019 Source:   news.sky.com

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An Extinction Rebellion activist has sparked a security alert near the UK Houses of Parliament by partially climbing up Big Ben to protest inaction on climate change, as police and construction workers looked A protestor dressed as Boris Johnson is now half way up the Big Ben scaffolding.

An Extinction Rebellion demonstrator is climbing up the scaffolding around the base of Big Ben.

An Extinction Rebellion protester has scaled the scaffolding surrounding Big Ben © PA An Extinction Rebellion protester has scaled the scaffolding surrounding Big Ben

The man, named by the environmental protest group as 43-year-old tree surgeon Ben Atkinson, appears to be wearing a costume and blonde wig mimicking Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

He is said to be attempting a "free solo climb" of the Queen Elizabeth Tower to "highlight government inaction on the climate and ecological emergency".

Crowds have gathered below to watch the dangerous stunt, with Mr Atkinson having unfurled a rainbow-coloured flag adorned with the Extinction Rebellion logo and the words: "No pride on a dead planet."

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An Extinction Rebellion protester who appeared to be dressed as Boris Johnson has climbed the Big Ben scaffolding near the Palace of The tower is currently under maintenance and surrounded by scaffolding. Created with Sketch. Extinction Rebellion protesters shut down London roads.

A protester dressed as Boris Johnson has climbed Big Ben with an Extinction Rebellion flagCredit: PA:Press Association. He said Mr Atkinson was planning to drop an Extinction Rebellion banner from the tower - currently under maintenance and surrounded by scaffolding - to "highlight

Another sign draped from the tower reads: "Citizens Assembly."

One of the many demands the group has made is for the government to create a citizens assembly "on climate and ecological justice", which it says politicians should be led by when it comes to environmental issues.

a person standing in front of a building: The man has been named as tree surgeon Ben Atkinson © Sky News Screen Grab The man has been named as tree surgeon Ben Atkinson

It has said members would be randomly selected from across the country, similar to jury service, to discuss and make recommendations on how to respond to the climate emergency.

Mr Atkinson has been waving to people on the ground, who have cheered him on.

Writing on Facebook after scaling the scaffolding, Mr Atkinson said: "We got the declaration of climate emergency last time. Now perhaps, please Boris, you're struggling to navigate Brexit let alone work our way out of the sixth mass extinction event. Please. Pretty please.... let's get on with the citizens assembly. Thank's Boris."

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An Extinction Rebellion protester has scaled Big Ben (Image: Express). Footage of the man waving an Extinction Rebellion flag on top of the monument has been broadcast on live TV as police Police officers were heard pleading with the man as he made his way up the Elizabeth Tower .

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He added: "I know somewhere in there you have compassionate feelings towards something other then your career.

"You've got Premiership. Now you've got a chance to do something that could last for centuries. A legacy of being the man that turned it all around. Dare you. Oh, and thanks Greta. I heard you calling."

a large tall tower with a clock on the side of a building: The group said the stunt was to 'highlight government inaction on the climate and ecological emergency' © PA The group said the stunt was to 'highlight government inaction on the climate and ecological emergency'

Metropolitan Police have closed the entrance to Westminster Tube station and remain at the scene of the stunt, which comes on the penultimate day of a fortnight of protests across London.

Officers have arrested more than 1,750 people so far and more are likely before the demonstrations come to a conclusion over the weekend.

Activists have spent Friday bringing traffic to a standstill at Oxford Circus in the West End, and hundreds have marched through Westminster in defiance of a police ban enforced earlier this week.

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A demonstrator who climbed the parliament building is dressed as Boris Johnson.

Frustrations boiled over on Thursday after a controversial stunt on the London Underground, when angry commuters confronted protesters who climbed on top of trains at Canning Town station.

Boris Johnson wearing a suit and tie: The protester has demanded more action on climate change from Prime Minister Boris Johnson © Getty The protester has demanded more action on climate change from Prime Minister Boris Johnson

Extinction Rebellion apologised for the disruption caused but said the incident should not create "unnecessary division" and have continued their protests in other parts of the capital.

a group of people standing in front of a building: Protesters put up a bamboo pyramid in the middle of Oxford Circus © PA Protesters put up a bamboo pyramid in the middle of Oxford Circus

Steve Coogan has become the latest celebrity to support the cause, taking part in the walk to Whitehall on Friday.

Police used a cherry picker to remove a protester locked to the top of the bamboo pyramid © PA Police used a cherry picker to remove a protester locked to the top of the bamboo pyramid

He said: "I wanted to lend my voice to the cause. Maybe people who like what I have done and who might not be completely sold on Extinction Rebellion might give it a second chance.

"It's an important movement. Some people try to characterise it as a fringe movement, but it's not. I like the fact that it was started by young people, but now older people have joined in too.

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Extinction Rebellion ’s planned protest to disrupt public transport in London during rush hour took an unexpected turn when commuters dragged the activists off a train roof before staff came to their aid. London Underground staff were forced to intervene to defend the protesters from the angry crowd.

The backlash to the Extinction Rebellion (XR) demonstrations turned nasty on Thursday morning when a protester was dragged from the roof of a Tube train by angry commuters. Activists targeted Canning Town station as Londoners set about getting to work - a move that has been condemned by

"Climate change feels like just another issue on the agenda that people are reluctant to pay attention to."

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Extinction Rebellion activist climbs Big Ben to show there's 'no time left' on climate change .
A protester who appeared to be dressed as Boris Johnson scaled the scaffolding covering the London landmarkThe group said that tree surgeon Ben Atkinson, 43, would attempt a "free solo climb" of the famous London landmark to emphasise that there is "no time left" to tackle climate change and "highlight Government inaction on the climate and ecological emergency".

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