Extinction Rebellion activists have staged a naked protest in the City of London to encourage banks to cut ties with fossil fuel companies.
Protesters stripped to their birthday suits with “Stop Funding Death”, “Morally Bankrupt” and “Blood Money” inked across their chests as they stood in the entrance of HSBC.
Some photos show activists standing outside Barclays bank in the heart of the Capital with the group’s logo drawn on their buttocks, while others were seen inside banks as well.
Shocked customers were seen leaving their local branch to be greeted by the naked men and women holding a banner saying “We are all vulnerable”.
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Extinction Rebellion said they hope parting with their clothes would encourage banks to part with their dealings with fossil fuel companies.
Protester Jasper Bailey, 24, from Ipswich, said: “I was terrified to be naked in public, but I am more terrified of climate change.
“Every year brings new dire predictions for the Earth’s climate, and every year we see even worse scenarios playing out before our eyes.
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“We can no longer fool ourselves that the climate crisis will only affect future generations.
“In recent weeks, we have seen the climate breaking down before our eyes in an unprecedented series of horrific heatwaves, fires, and floods.”
Jenny Langley, from Cambridge, said: “I am 65, and my generation has done terrible damage to our planet.
“The future my innocent grandchildren face is horrific and I am astounded that our banks continue to knowingly pour our money into the very fossil fuels that are destroying our planet.
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“I cannot stand idly by to watch that happen.
“I refuse to hand a barren and broken planet onto future generations.”
Earlier on Friday, nearly 500 Extinction Rebellion protesters were arrested in London as took part in their two-week “Impossible Rebellion”.
The Metropolitan Police said 81 activists have been removed after gluing themselves to structures.
Deputy Assistant Commissioner Matt Twist said nearly 2,000 officers have been involved in policing the activists every day.
He added that they had acted “swiftly” when demonstrators caused “serious disruption” to Londoners.
Mr Twist told Times Radio on Friday: “It’s not the numbers of protesters but it’s the level of serious disruption that they’re looking to cause, which is impacting on other Londoners.
“We’ve said right from the start, we know that Extinction Rebellion have the right to protest and the right to assemble.
“But what we also made clear is these are qualified rights and they have got to be balanced against the rights of the rest of London and Londoners, the people, the businesses, the communities who want to lawfully go about their business.
“Where we’ve seen cases of both very serious and totally unreasonable disruption looking to be caused, we have to take action and move in and make arrests.”
The protests have seen activists scaling the seven-storey Tower Place West building in the City of London, occupying both London Bridge and Tower Bridge and blocking roads across the capital.