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U.K. to Outlaw Protesters Chaining Themselves to Buildings

Climate activists from Extinction Rebellion outside the Lloyd's of London building.

Climate activists from Extinction Rebellion outside the Lloyd's of London building.

Photographer: Chris J. Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Boris Johnson will crack down on “the small minority of selfish protesters” who use tactics such as attaching themselves to buildings in England and Wales, actions which the government said “wreaks havoc on people going about their daily lives.” 

In 2019, climate activists Extinction Rebellion blockaded the London Stock Exchange by gluing themselves across entrances. Other campaigners stuck themselves together outside a Goldman Sachs Group Inc. office on Fleet Street. The costs of policing those two bouts of protests alone topped 37 million pounds ($43.3 million), authorities say.