Extinction Rebellion mob throw fake blood over Standard Chartered bank

Extinction Rebellion mob throw fake blood over Standard Chartered bank and City of London HQ as they descend on financial district holding banners saying ‘built on blood money’

  • Environmental activists cause yet more chaos today by daubing red paint over buildings in City of London
  • Protesters continue to cause major disruption while the first week of planned fortnight of action continues
  • Samba bands chant and hundreds of activists hand out stickers to City workers during ‘Blood Money’ march 
  • Scotland Yard has not yet confirmed any figures on arrests today, but the week’s total was at 289 yesterday 

Extinction Rebellion protesters caused yet more chaos today by daubing red paint over the Standard Chartered headquarters and Guildhall building while wreaking havoc across the City of London.

The environmental activists were also seen demonstrating outside the Bank of England as they continued to bring major disruption to the capital’s streets while the first week of a planned fortnight of action continues.

Samba bands chanted and hundreds of XR demonstrators handed out stickers to City workers during what they called a ‘Blood Money’ march targeting financial institutions and bankers in the capital.

Some of them dressed as suffragettes while others pretended to bankers and covered their hands in fake blood, with the aim of bringing about more awareness over investments in fossil fuels.

Scotland Yard has not yet confirmed any figures on arrests today, but the week’s total was at 289 yesterday. 

This afternoon, several protesters climbed on top of Standard Chartered’s headquarters and covered it in red paint, which XR claimed represented the ‘blood of ancestors and slaves who haven’t been forgotten’. 

Climate activists from Extinction Rebellion sit over the entrance to Standard Chartered’s headquarters in London today 

Extinction Rebellion activists sit on the entrances to Standard Chartered’s headquarters today after daubing it in red paint 

Police officers stand in front of one of the buildings of the Guildhall in the City of London today after it was daubed in paint

Climate activists from Extinction Rebellion shout as others sit on the entrance to Standard Chartered’s headquarters today

Climate activists from Extinction Rebellion gather around the entrance to the headquarters of Standard Chartered today

Activists targeted the City of London Corporation’s headquarters at the Guildhall today where police were later pictured

Police officers stand in front of one of the buildings of the Guildhall in London today after it was daubed in red paint

Extinction Rebellion demonstrators are marching in the City of London today as their two weeks of protest action continues

A police officer stands in front of one of the buildings of the Guildhall today after it was daubed in paint

Police officers stand in front of one of the buildings of the Guildhall following the action by Extinction Rebellion today

Others targeted the City of London Corporation’s headquarters at the Guildhall, where a line of police were photographed outside after the building had also been daubed in red paint.

XR co-founder Gail Bradbrook told the Guardian: ‘It’s one thing for a nose-ringed activist like me to (call for change), but what we really want is people in the City to come out and say ‘yeah we need to change course’.’

Dr Bradbook also hit out at a political economy that is ‘hell bent on economic growth’ – and XR has also been urging City workers to anonymously blow the whistle on stories about their companies.

It comes after activists descended on Buckingham Palace yesterday on a fourth day of chaos. Demonstrators daubed paint on the Queen Victoria Memorial in front of the palace gates and dyed its fountain water red.

Climate activists from the Extinction Rebellion organisation march through the City of London today

Extinction Rebellion climate activists hold a banner during a protest outside the Bank of England in London today

Demonstrators during a protest by members of Extinction Rebellion at the Bank of England in the City of London today

Demonstrators dressed as suffragettes during a protest by members of Extinction Rebellion at the Bank of England today

Demonstrators during a protest by members of Extinction Rebellion at the Bank of England in the City of London today

Demonstrators hold banners as the Extinction Rebellion action continues outside the Bank of England in London today

Demonstrators hold placards during a protest by members of Extinction Rebellion at the Bank of England in London today

Demonstrators dressed as bankers with red paint on their hands take part in the Extinction Rebellion protest today

Demonstrators dressed as suffragettes during a protest by members of Extinction Rebellion at the Bank of England today

The protesters, from an offshoot group called Animal Rebellion, held banners reading Animal Agriculture: A Royal Blood Bath. The fountain vandals were immediately arrested.

Thousands of people have been trapped in gridlock in the centre of the city as traffic was halted and public transport held up in the groups’s week of protest.

Yesterday demonstrators, estimated to be in the low thousands, also blocked off Hyde Park Corner and protested at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

And in response to a video showing activists in a bizarre performance centred around a broccoli, policing minister Kit Malthouse tweeted: ‘Please go back to your homes and jobs Extinction Rebellion and let all those cops get back to fighting crime.’ 

An Extinction Rebellion climate activist paints his face during a protest outside the Bank of England in London today

Climate activists from Extinction Rebellion with fake blood on their hands demonstrate at the Bank of England today

An Extinction Rebellion activist wearing a protective face mask looks on during a protest outside the Bank of England today

Climate activists from Extinction Rebellion with fake blood on their hands demonstrate outside the Bank of England today

Extinction Rebellion climate activists hold a banner during a protest outside the Bank of England in London today

Extinction Rebellion climate activists take part in a protest outside the Bank of England in London today

An Extinction Rebellion climate activist holds a newspaper as he sits down during a protest outside the Bank of England today

A climate activist from the Extinction Rebellion group demonstrates outside the Bank of England in the City of London today

Extinction Rebellion climate activists hold a banner during a protest outside the Bank of England in London today

An Extinction Rebellion climate activist with a painted face takes part in a protest outside the Bank of England today

Extinction Rebellion climate activists take part in a protest outside the Bank of England in London today

The video, from a previous protest in London by the group, recently went viral after being posted online again. It includes people crowding around the vegetable and pointing at it. At one point, one covers it with a hat.

Actress Emma Thompson also urged the public to join Extinction Rebellion’s protests yesterday.

The 62-year-old, who was previously mocked for travelling 5,400 miles from Los Angeles to the group’s climate protests in London by private jet in 2019, said people must ‘help in whatever ways they can’.

She said in a video yesterday that the activists were not ‘dropout, anarchistic outsiders’, adding: ‘They are rebels, if you like, who have the greatest cause in human history, nothing less than the survival of the planet.’ 

The Metropolitan Police said they arrested seven protesters yesterday, bringing the week’s total to 289. 

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