Climate change campaigners targeted 12 offices across central London last week, during a seven-day period of direct action. The protests coincided with the annual Climate Camp. The protests ranged from blocking entrances, to breaking into departments.
Who was targeted?
There were 12 targets, including three government departments, the London Stock Exchange, the Bank of England, the European Climate Exchange, Heathrow Airport, E.ON, and the HQs of BP, Shell, and the Royal Bank of Scotland.
Who was behind the protest?
Climate Camp, started in 2006, is a group of volunteers who protest for action on climate change.
Why the protest?
Climate Camp said its targets were 'the dirty dozen - the 12 London-based organisations that are causing climate change'. The group believes that in order to stop climate change, it needs to 'go to the belly of the beast'.
How was it covered in the media?
In the run up to the Climate Camp 2009, the main media topic was how the police should handle the protests. It was the first major protest since the G20 demonstrations that led to widespread condemnation for the police over heavy-handed tactics.