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Pablo Tucker
April 27, 2019

Protesters from the environmental group Extinction Rebellion have glued themselves to the London Stock Exchange building on the final day of protests that have caused mass disruption in the British capital.

Demonstrators wearing all-black clothing with red ties and safety helmets blocked the LSE's main doors in Paternoster Square, opposite St. Paul's Cathedral, saying they wanted to call attention to "humans making choices" that affect the environment from behind computer screens.

In Canary Wharf, multiple demonstrators, including an 83-year-old man, climbed on top of and glued themselves to a Docklands Light Railway train. Thunberg, who rose to global prominence by staging a school strike to protest about the climate, has praised the "Extinction Rebellion" sits-ins in London.

They are demanding the government declare a climate and ecological emergency, reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2025 and create a citizen's assembly of members of the public to lead on decisions to address climate change.

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

The group said they would end their protests in London on Thursday and would end their blockades at Parliament Square and Marble Arch.

"And we would like to apologise to the public for the disruptions", he added.

The response comes after London mayor Sadiq Khan urged activists to "let London return to business as usual" after a week of protests. We do not do this lightly.

One protester took it a step further, gluing her breasts to the ground outside Goldman Sachs offices on Fleet Street, The Sun reports.

"We have seen some action but is it enough to stop the huge emergency we are facing?"

The BBC reported that organisers have said that the "closing ceremony" (sounds fancy) will be held at 18:00 BST on Thursday at Speaker's Corner, Hyde Park.

Last week, the protesters blocked Waterloo Bridge and major intersections including Marble Arch and Oxford Circus, snarling traffic and disrupting bus routes.

"The safety of our customers and staff is our number one priority and we're working closely with the police to manage the impact on London's transport network".

A former Norwich city councillor was among the Extinction Rebellion activists who glued themselves to the London Stock Exchange.

"Any organiser or person taking part in the protest failing to comply with these conditions or inciting others not to comply with them will be committing an offence and will be liable to arrest".

"We've targeted the financial sector because we believe the economic system in this country is part of the problem", math teacher and protester Jane Goodland told The Guardian.

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