Climate change protesters smash glass and plaster Shell HQ with paint as they bring London to a standstill

Climate change[1] protesters shattered glass at Shell’s London[2] HQ and plastered the building with paint after paralysing London’s roads as part of a week of action in cities around the world. The revolving doors of the HQ were shattered after protesters glued themselves to the glass and messages including “Shell kills” were daubed on the side of the building on the day of “peaceful” action. They took to the streets with a call for governments to take action to reduce carbon emissions to zero by 2025.

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An activist sprays graffiti on to the porch covering the entrance to the Shell Centre

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Protesters unfurl a poster accusing shell of ‘ecoside’ AFP/Getty Images

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Climate protesters also scaled the building and daubed slogans above a glass awning AFP/Getty Images

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A woman glued her hands to the door of the building

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Environmental protesters from the Extinction Rebellion arrive to stage a demonstration on Waterloo Bridge AFP/Getty Images

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Environment activists from Extinction Rebellion block Oxford Circus with a sailing boat to highlight the threat of global warming on the planet and ecosystem Rex Features

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Demonstrators during a Extinction Rebellion protest at Marble Arch

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Demonstrators protest on Waterloo Bridge during an Extinction Rebellion protest Reuters

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Environmental protesters from the Extinction Rebellion group arrive with a tree to stage a demonstration on Waterloo Bridge AFP/Getty Images

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A demonstrator uses a makeshift skateboard ramp on Waterloo Bridge during an Extinction Rebellion protest

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Extinction Rebellion protesters stop traffic in Oxford Circus Rex Features

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Environment activists from Extinction Rebellion block Oxford Circus to highlight the threat of global warming on the planet and ecosystem Rex Features

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Extinction Rebellion protesters stop traffic in Oxford Circus

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Climate change activists demonstrate on Waterloo Bridge during an Extinction Rebellion protest Reuters

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Extinction Rebellion at Marble Arch Jeremy Selwyn

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Demonstrators during a Extinction Rebellion protest in Parliament Square

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Climate change activists demonstrate on Waterloo Bridge surrounded by trees Reuters

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Demonstrators during a Extinction Rebellion protest at Marble Arch PA

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Demonstrators during a Extinction Rebellion protest in Parliament Square

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Extinction Rebellion at Marble Arch Jeremy Selwyn

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Extinction Rebellion at Marble Arch Jeremy Selwyn

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Demonstrators protest on Waterloo Bridge during an Extinction Rebellion protest

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Extinction Rebellion at Marble Arch Jeremy Selwyn

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Demonstrators during a Extinction Rebellion protest in Parliament Square PA

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Demonstrators during a Extinction Rebellion protest in Parliament Square

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Extinction Rebellion at Marble Arch Jeremy Selwyn

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Extinction Rebellion at Marble Arch Jeremy Selwyn

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Police stroll through the makeshift camp

Jeremy Selwyn

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Demonstrators protest on Waterloo Bridge during an Extinction Rebellion protest i Reuters

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Climate change activists set up a miniature garden on Waterloo Bridge during an Extinction Rebellion protes Reuters

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Climate change activists set up a miniature garden on Waterloo Bridge during an Extinction Rebellion protes

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Demonstrators protest on Waterloo Bridge during an Extinction Rebellion protest Reuters

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Climate change activists demonstrate on Waterloo Bridge during an Extinction Rebellion protest Reuters

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Demonstrators during a Extinction Rebellion protest in Parliament Square

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The Extinction Rebellion protesters have set up camp in Hyde Park PA

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The group plan to disrupt London’s infrastructure in a climate protest PA

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Thousands of people are due to descend on the capital to take part

Jeremy Selwyn

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They have set up a large camp in Hyde Park Jeremy Selwyn

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A crowd of protesters gathers in Hyde Park, London PA

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A protester sits in a hammock at the campsite

Jeremy Selwyn

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The protest could last days or even weeks Jeremy Selwyn

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They have pledged to block five central locations including Parliament Square in a non-violent act of resistance PA

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Protesters will converge on Marble Arch, Oxford Circus, Waterloo Bridge, Piccadilly Circus, as well as near Parliament, peacefully blocking traffic

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A protester sits by an activity timetable in Hyde Park PA

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An activist sprays graffiti on to the porch covering the entrance to the Shell Centre AFP/Getty Images

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Protesters unfurl a poster accusing shell of ‘ecoside’

AFP/Getty Images

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Climate protesters also scaled the building and daubed slogans above a glass awning AFP/Getty Images

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A woman glued her hands to the door of the building Reuters

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Environmental protesters from the Extinction Rebellion arrive to stage a demonstration on Waterloo Bridge

AFP/Getty Images

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Environment activists from Extinction Rebellion block Oxford Circus with a sailing boat to highlight the threat of global warming on the planet and ecosystem Rex Features

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Demonstrators during a Extinction Rebellion protest at Marble Arch PA

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Demonstrators protest on Waterloo Bridge during an Extinction Rebellion protest

Reuters

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Environmental protesters from the Extinction Rebellion group arrive with a tree to stage a demonstration on Waterloo Bridge AFP/Getty Images

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A demonstrator uses a makeshift skateboard ramp on Waterloo Bridge during an Extinction Rebellion protest Reuters

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Extinction Rebellion protesters stop traffic in Oxford Circus

Rex Features

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Environment activists from Extinction Rebellion block Oxford Circus to highlight the threat of global warming on the planet and ecosystem Rex Features

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Extinction Rebellion protesters stop traffic in Oxford Circus Rex Features

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Climate change activists demonstrate on Waterloo Bridge during an Extinction Rebellion protest

Reuters

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Extinction Rebellion at Marble Arch Jeremy Selwyn

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Demonstrators during a Extinction Rebellion protest in Parliament Square PA

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Climate change activists demonstrate on Waterloo Bridge surrounded by trees

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Demonstrators during a Extinction Rebellion protest at Marble Arch PA

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Demonstrators during a Extinction Rebellion protest in Parliament Square PA

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Extinction Rebellion at Marble Arch

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Extinction Rebellion at Marble Arch Jeremy Selwyn

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Demonstrators protest on Waterloo Bridge during an Extinction Rebellion protest Reuters

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Extinction Rebellion at Marble Arch

Jeremy Selwyn

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Demonstrators during a Extinction Rebellion protest in Parliament Square PA

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Demonstrators during a Extinction Rebellion protest in Parliament Square PA

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Extinction Rebellion at Marble Arch

Jeremy Selwyn

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Extinction Rebellion at Marble Arch Jeremy Selwyn

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Police stroll through the makeshift camp Jeremy Selwyn

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Demonstrators protest on Waterloo Bridge during an Extinction Rebellion protest i

Reuters

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Climate change activists set up a miniature garden on Waterloo Bridge during an Extinction Rebellion protes Reuters

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Climate change activists set up a miniature garden on Waterloo Bridge during an Extinction Rebellion protes Reuters

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Demonstrators protest on Waterloo Bridge during an Extinction Rebellion protest

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Climate change activists demonstrate on Waterloo Bridge during an Extinction Rebellion protest Reuters

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Demonstrators during a Extinction Rebellion protest in Parliament Square PA

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The Extinction Rebellion protesters have set up camp in Hyde Park

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The group plan to disrupt London’s infrastructure in a climate protest PA

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Thousands of people are due to descend on the capital to take part Jeremy Selwyn

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They have set up a large camp in Hyde Park

Jeremy Selwyn

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A crowd of protesters gathers in Hyde Park, London PA

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A protester sits in a hammock at the campsite Jeremy Selwyn

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The protest could last days or even weeks

Jeremy Selwyn

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They have pledged to block five central locations including Parliament Square in a non-violent act of resistance PA

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Protesters will converge on Marble Arch, Oxford Circus, Waterloo Bridge, Piccadilly Circus, as well as near Parliament, peacefully blocking traffic PA

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A protester sits by an activity timetable in Hyde Park

PA Police officers looked on as activists blocked Waterloo Bridge with trees, bamboo shoots and potted house plants before setting up camp in tents. Campaign group Extinction Rebellion[3] posted pictures of activists walking on the road on Twitter and said: “We have taken Waterloo bridge!”

Just before 11.30am hundreds of protesters took up roadblock positions on the Marble Arch junction. A climate change activist is seen at the entrance of the Shell Centre, where the glass was smashed (REUTERS) On Park Lane, lorries and coaches were stranded as flag-waving protesters sat in the road, while others clapped along to tambourines.

A crowd gathered in front of a truck that was being transformed into a “mega-stage”, with campaigners singing “We want justice” to the tune of We Will Rock You. The activists glued themselves to the glass doors, which later shattered (REUTERS) A speaker told the crowd that they would continue to block the road “until the government agrees to negotiate with us.”

PA Abigail Kidd, 30, said it was the first time she was taking part in a protest. A climate change activist is seen with her hands glued to the entrance of the Shell Centre (REUTERS) She told the Standard: “I appreciate everyone has a job to do but for one day it’s important to show those that have the power what’s important.

“We need to get the message to politicians, people that have the power to prioritise what’s important.” At Oxford Circus the demonstrators parked a pink sailing boat emblazoned with the words Tell The Truth in the middle of the busy junction. Activists set up a kitchen doling out free vegetarian food while others lay down in the road.

Scotland Yard said Waterloo Bridge, Park Lane and Oxford Circus were closed by noon with disruption expected to build. Motorists and commuters have been warned to expect delays. Climate protesters also scaled the building and daubed slogans above a glass awning (AFP/Getty Images)

Demonstrators arrived at London’s Hyde Park on Sunday, some having journeyed to the city on foot from across the UK, for a “festival” of action, including people’s assemblies, performances, talks, workshops and food. While organisers encouraged people to set up camp in Hyde Park overnight into Monday, they were warned they could be breaking the law by doing so under Royal Parks legislation. A spokeswoman for The Royal Parks said Extinction Rebellion had not asked for permission to begin the protest in the park and that camping is not allowed.

But police said no arrests were made overnight after earlier explaining their operational response to camping “would be dependent on what if any other issues might be ongoing at the time”.

References

  1. ^ Climate change (www.standard.co.uk)
  2. ^ London (www.standard.co.uk)
  3. ^ Extinction Rebellion (www.standard.co.uk)

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