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Protesters Climb Western Europe's Tallest Building

London Shard demonstration is Greenpeace effort against Shell
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 11, 2013 1:30 AM CDT
Protesters Climb Western Europe's Tallest Building
The Shard skyscraper is seen through early morning fog from a bridge over the river Thames just after sunrise in London, Wednesday, Dec.12, 2012.   (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

(Newser) – Greenpeace is taking its case against Arctic oil drilling to the skies. Demonstrators are climbing the tallest building in western Europe, London's 87-story Shard, to make their point. Safety personnel and police are watching after the team of six women began ascending the building via the roof of a nearby subway station. They're reportedly "free-climbing" the building; part of its exterior is built like a ladder, the BBC reports.

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The Shard is between the three headquarters of Shell, Greenpeace says, and it resembles a piece of ice. At the top, says a climber, "we'll try to hang a huge art installation ... that will make Shell think twice before sending their rigs into the Arctic." The climbers, who have been live-streaming the event via head-mounted cameras, are all highly trained, says a rep. Monitoring police say they got a call about the protest at 4:20 this morning, the Guardian reports. (Read more London stories.)

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