Taking action ... Climate Rush vs UK Government

Protesters: Climate Rush Target: UK Government Location: Houses of Parliament, Westminster Date: 27 April

 The lowdown

Four climate-change protesters glued themselves around a statue in the Houses of Parliament. The man and three women shouted 'deeds not words', in a protest inspired by a suffragette who glued herself to the same statue 100 years ago. Police were forced to close St Stephen's Hall, a main access route to the central lobby, for several hours.

Why the protest?

Climate Rush said it wanted to highlight the 'hypocrisy' of the Government's decision to install new coal-fired power stations that 'will catastrophically undermine any likelihood of averting climate change'. The group believes peaceful civil disobedience could inspire positive change.

How did the Government respond?

It arrested the protesters for suspected public order offences and criminal damage. Parliamentary business continued as normal, but the closure caused disruption as visitors and staff had to be redirected.

How did the media cover it?

Many media outlets reported the incident without editorialising. The Times and The Guardian quoted a Climate Rush spokeswoman, while Sky News gave more space to a police spokesman. The BBC said: 'MPs' business continued as normal...'

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