Published: Sun, October 20, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Extinction Rebellion protester 'dressed as Boris Johnson' climbs Big Ben

Extinction Rebellion protester 'dressed as Boris Johnson' climbs Big Ben

A man tried to climb Big Ben but was arrested by law enforcement in London.

"Gone and done it...." Carrying a jacket and tie, and what gave the impression to be a Boris Johnson-type wig, he hung two massive banners, studying: "No delight on a useless planet" and "Residents Meeting". "Now perhaps, please Boris, you're struggling to navigate Brexit let alone work our way out of the sixth mass extinction event".

A spokesman for the group said the climber was 43-year-old tree surgeon Ben Atkinson.

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Other protesters cheered from Parliament Square when he reached the top, and then moved on toward Trafalgar Square, where they were expected to wrap up two weeks of rallies Friday evening.

He mentioned Mr Atkinson was planning to drop an Extinction Insurrection banner from the tower - at present below upkeep and surrounded by scaffolding - to "spotlight Authorities inaction on the local weather and ecological emergency".

It is the latest in a string of stunts staged by Extinction Rebellion on the second last day of their autumn uprising, despite the group being barred from protesting in London by police.

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