Extinction Rebellion climate protester scales Big Ben scaffolding

The Canary

An Extinction Rebellion protester has scaled the scaffolding surrounding Big Ben and draped two banners from the structure.

Footage of the stunt circulated on social media showed the climber, who appeared to be dressed as Boris Johnson complete with a blond wig, shirt, tie and jacket.

A spokesperson for the group said the climber was 42-year-old tree surgeon Ben Atkinson.

Start your day with The Canary News Digest

Fresh and fearless; get excellent independent journalism from The Canary, delivered straight to your inbox every morning.




He said Atkinson was climbing the tower to “highlight Government inaction on the climate and ecological emergency”.

The protester, who was also wearing green leggings, draped two signs carrying the group’s slogans.

The protester scaled the scaffolding surrounding Big Ben (Dominic Lipinski/PA)
The protester scaled the scaffolding surrounding Big Ben (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

One featured the Extinction Rebellion logo on a rainbow background and the words “No pride on a dead planet” and the other said “Citizens Assembly”.

It is the latest in a string of stunts staged by Extinction Rebellion on the penultimate day of their autumn uprising – despite being banned from protesting in the capital since Monday by the Met Police.

Yesterday, the group was forced to apologise after holding up Jubilee Line trains by climbing on them.

One protester was filmed lashing out at an angry commuter who had pulled him off the roof of a train.

Since you're here ...

We know you don't need a lecture. You wouldn't be here if you didn't care.
Now, more than ever, we need your help to challenge the rightwing press and hold power to account. Please help us survive and thrive.

The Canary Support