Extinction Rebellion activists have blocked a major junction in London’s financial district, as the movement switched its focus towards companies funding and profiting from the climate emergency.
About 100 demonstrators walked into the roundabout outside the Bank of England in the City and sat down in the road at 7am on Monday.
In a statement, the group said: “Extinction Rebellion this morning are disrupting the system bankrolling the environmental crisis.
“The day of disruption, which will target financial institutions, seeks to highlight the far greater disruption faced by those living in the environments systematically being destroyed by UK-backed companies.
“The ecological damage is global, and it is hitting the global south now.”
Police circulated through the crowds and began making arrests.
Protesters said they were switching their focus to the financial institutions “funding environmental destruction”.
Chay Harwood, 23, from Bristol, said: “We are here in the financial district because we know for a fact that these companies and institutions have a vested interest in deforestation and the decimation of people’s lives and livelihoods, not only in the Amazon but in the global south in general.”