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In pictures: Climate protesters block entrance to London Stock Exchange

  • 25 Apr 2019

Climate change activists declare end to 11-day campaign of disruption across London that at points blocked parts of the British capital.

Climate change activists block traffic in the City of London financial district during environmental protests by the Extinction Rebellion group in London on April 25, 2019. ( Reuters )

Environmental protesters glued themselves together in front of the London Stock Exchange on Thursday, as they wind up days of demonstrations that have blocked parts of the British capital.

Members of Extinction Rebellion, who are demanding urgent action to tackle climate change, also said they staged a protest in the financial district of Canary Wharf by standing on top of trains on the Docklands Light Railway.

Police officers attempt to remove climate change activists who have locked their hands together, as they block traffic in the City of London financial district during environmental protests by the Extinction Rebellion group in London on April 25, 2019.(AFP)

"Many of the most environmentally destructive companies in the world have their stock market listings at the London Stock Exchange (LSE)," the group said in a statement.

"This institution literally trades in the devastation of our planet."

Seven protesters could be seen at the building's entrance, as police attempted to separate them.

A climate change activist is interviewed by police after taking part in a demonstration to block the entrance to the London stock exchange during protests by the Extinction Rebellion group in London on April 25, 2019.(AFP)

Trading opened as normal on Thursday.

It is the latest stunt by the group which had just declared the end of an 11-day campaign of disruption across London, which at points blocked high profile locations including Oxford Street, Parliament Square, Waterloo Bridge.

More than 1,000 people have been arrested over the action and dozens have been charged.

Climate change activists hold up banners on the roof of a DLR train at Canary Wharf station during environmental protests by the Extinction Rebellion group in London on April 25, 2019.(AFP)

Extinction Rebellion wants Britain's government to declare a climate and ecological emergency, act to halt biodiversity loss and reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2025.

Demonstrators block traffic at Fleet Street during the Extinction Rebellion protest in London, Britain on April 25, 2019.(Reuters)

Their tactics of sitting down in the middle of busy roads and refusing peacefully,  to move have proved remarkably effective, with police struggling to remove them.

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