Lloyd’s of London forced to close as Extinction Rebellion blocks building


Lloyd’s of London employees have informed City Matters that the company has been forced to close it’s headquarters due to climate activists, Extinction Rebellion.

The climate action group have scaled the Lloyd’s building on Lyme Street in London, blocking entrances and demanding the business stops insuring fossil fuels.

Around 60 people scaled the insurance giant’s building this morning (April 12), blocking the entrances and preventing employees from working.

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‘Tea Ladies’ Photo by Rosie Folan

Activists have chained themselves to more than 25 entrances, as well as some performing immersive theatre to the crowds gathering outside. Acts include ‘Tea Ladies’ and ‘CorpRats’.

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‘CorpRats’ Photo by Rosie Folan

“We are currently unable to enter the Lloyd’s building due to protesters outside,” Lloyd’s said in a statement released this morning at 9.15am.

“Extinction Rebellion is demanding that Lloyd’s of London stop insuring fossil fuel projects, and highlighted the Trans Mountain Pipeline extension in Canada, which they believe is being insured through the Lloyd’s marketplace,” the statement added.

Extinction Rebellion also targeted the Lord Mayor’s Show in November 2021.

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