Climate change activists are demonstrating outside Goldman Sachs’ London office as environmental group Extinction Rebellion expands its protest into the Square Mile.
Tower Bridge has reportedly been blocked by demonstrators, who are stopping traffic in short bursts, and Transport for London warned that the protests were causing delays on Blackfriars Bridge, Southwark Bridge, London Bridge and in Fetter Lane.
Protesters also glued themselves to the London Stock Exchange this morning as they shifted their focus to the financial sector.
A string of seven Extinction Rebellion protesters blocked the entrance to the exchange, with campaigners dressed in what they described as “Robocop-style” masks with the Extinction Rebellion logo painted on in gold.
They wore black suits and red ties, holding hands to cordon off the entrance, while another six were glued to the back entrance to the exchange.
Police reportedly removed protesters at around 9.25am but the Metropolitan Police declined to confirm any arrests.
Some of the activists had financial ticker-style LED signs hung around their necks with messages such as “you can’t eat money”, “tell the truth” and “climate emergency”.
In Whatsapp messages seen by The New English Times organisers said that it was “time for money to tell the truth on its impact on the climate and ecological emergency”.
“Extinction Rebellion to focus on the financial industry today. Aim is to demand the finance industry tells the truth about the climate industry and the devastating impact the industry has on our planet,” organisers said.
The London Stock Exchange has a green index called FTSE4Good but it came under fire earlier this month for failing to remove a palm oil company, Golden-Agri Resources, after a series of corruption allegations and claims of unsustainable business practices.
An LSE spokesperson told The New English Times that markets were open as usual and staff have been able to access the Paternoster Square offices targeted by protesters.
Climate change protesters also hit Canary Wharf station, clambering on top of a Docklands Light Railway (DLR) train.
British Transport Police were called shortly after 7.15am and arrested five people on suspicion of obstructing the railway.
“Specialist units trained in protester removal were immediately deployed and have now safely removed those obstructing the DLR service,” the BTP said.
It follows an incident earlier this month in which three protesters glued themselves to a DLR train at Canary Wharf station. Three people were held in custody after pleading not guilty to disruption charges following the incident.
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.
The latest demonstration comes as the activists prepare to remove the remaining blockades in Marble Arch and Parliament Square tomorrow, after closing the central London landmarks for almost two weeks.
Protesters were removed from Oxford Circus and Waterloo Bridge earlier this week.