Members of the Extinction Rebellion organization (Rebellion against Extinction) entered the meeting hall of the House of Commons of the British Parliament. They stuck around the chairman’s chair with second-hand glue and demanded the introduction of a “citizen’s assembly”. The organization reported on the protest on its Twitter account
. Security escorted them out later.
BREAKING NEWS: Extinction Rebellion supporters have superglued around the Speakers Chair inside the commons chamber.— Extinction Rebellion UK 🌍 (@XRebellionUK) September 2, 2022
Right now inside Parliament a speech is being read out demanding a Citizens' Assembly Now: “We are in crisis. We can not afford to carry on like this..." pic.twitter.com/JqKBasRaCH
on social networks, a group of five people could be seen at the chairman’s chair holding hands and allegedly glued, with banners: “Let the people decide” and “Civil Assembly now”.
'What goes on in this room every single day makes a joke out of all of us.'— GB News (@GBNEWS) September 2, 2022
Climate activists from Extinction Rebellion have superglued themselves around the Speaker’s chair in the House of Commons chamber, calling for a 'Citizens’ Assembly' to help deliver change. pic.twitter.com/chjiYnnYT1
“We are aware of the incident and are dealing with the situation as a matter of urgency,” the House of Commons said in a statement. Later in the afternoon, the parliament administration announced that the protesters had been removed. Parliament was not in session today.
Another group of protesters from the same organization chained themselves with bicycle locks to the fence in front of the parliament building and hung banners on scaffolding around the building.
Interviews with the protesters, according to the media, show that they demand the introduction of a new system of government on Wednesday with a “citizen’s assembly” where politicians would not be “influenced by party thinking” in their decision-making.
In the corridor inside the parliament building, meanwhile, other protesters with placards chanted “take back the Commons”.
The incident is likely to stir up a debate about how visitors move around the parliament grounds, writes Reuters. Visitors are routinely screened by security upon entering the building.
Extinction Rebellion is an international socio-political movement known for its radical forms of protest. Organizations most often try to draw attention to climate and social problems with their actions.