X

Protesters Climb Western Europe's Tallest Building

London Shard demonstration is Greenpeace effort against Shell
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Jul 11, 2013 1:30 AM CDT

(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.

story continues below

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.)

We use cookies. By Clicking "OK" or any content on this site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. Read more in our privacy policy.
Get the news faster.
Tap to install our app.
X