Police drag XR protestors from Lord Mayor's London Show

Extinction Rebellion hijack the Lord Mayor’s Show: Eco-zealots clash with police and are arrested as parade returns to the streets of London after it was cancelled by Covid last year for the first time since 1852

  • Arrests made after XR protestors stage a small protest at the annual Lord Mayor’s Show in the City of London
  • Police officers who dragged the eco-warriors from the middle of the road were cheered by delighted crowds 
  • Officials were pictured holding back dozens more eco-activists at other sections of the parade on Saturday 
  • 800-year-old Lord Mayor’s parade has only ever been cancelled twice; in 1852 and in 2020 due to pandemic
  • Second weekend in a row the eco-mob has targeted the capital, with thousands marching last weekend 
  • This is the moment a crowd cheered as Extinction Rebellion protestors were dragged out of the path of an annual parade in the capital.  

    In the clip, shared widely across social media, spectators can be heard cheering as two police officers sprint up to a quartet of eco-warriors who are kneeling on the road with their hands held above their head as the procession for the annual Lord Mayor’s Show in the City of London gets underway.

    One member of the XR group appears to let his body go limp as one of the officers pulls him to the side of the road to allow the annual show to continue through the Square Mile.

    Two elderly eco-activists, who appear to have paint on their faces, are seen being led away calmly by the arm by another police constable.

    Meanwhile, police officers were pictured holding back dozens more XR protestors at other parts of the parade on Saturday afternoon, as the group made a failed bid to disrupt the day’s action. Police officials have confirmed to MailOnline that ‘a number of arrests’ have been made in relation to Saturday’s protests.

    The Lord Mayor’s Show has only ever been cancelled twice; once in 1852 to commemorate the funeral of the Duke of Wellington, and in 2020 because of the onset of the coronavirus pandemic.  

    Spectators can be heard cheering as two police officers sprint up to a quartet of eco-warriors who are kneeling on the road with their hands held above their head as the procession for the annual Lord Mayor’s Show in the City of London gets underway

    One member of the XR group appears to let his body go limp as one of the officers pulls him to the side of the road to allow the annual show to continue

    One member of the XR group appears to let his body go limp as one of the officers pulls him to the side of the road to allow the annual show to continue

    Eco-warriors with Extinction Rebellion are dragged out of the road by police officers at the Lord Mayor's Show in the City of London on Saturday

    Eco-warriors with Extinction Rebellion are dragged out of the road by police officers at the Lord Mayor’s Show in the City of London on Saturday

    Extinction Rebellion protestors hold a sign saying: 'Cop has failed' as the eco-warriors demonstrate during the Lord Mayor's Show parade in the City of London

    Extinction Rebellion protestors hold a sign saying: ‘Cop has failed’ as the eco-warriors demonstrate during the Lord Mayor’s Show parade in the City of London

    A woman can be pictured shouting (bottom right) as she is dragged away by officers

    The activists are dragged onto the pavement by police officers

    The eco-warriors are forcibly pulled from the roads by City of London police officers. A woman can be pictured shouting (bottom right) as she is dragged away by officers

    Police officers hold back climate activists from Extinction Rebellion as participants of the annual Lord Mayor's Show march through the streets of the City of London on November 13, 2021

    Police officers hold back climate activists from Extinction Rebellion as participants of the annual Lord Mayor’s Show march through the streets of the City of London on November 13, 2021

    Displaying banners and signs reading: 'Cop has failed', dozens of Extinction Rebellion activists were pictured at the Lord Mayor's Show in the City of London on Saturday

    Displaying banners and signs reading: ‘Cop has failed’, dozens of Extinction Rebellion activists were pictured at the Lord Mayor’s Show in the City of London on Saturday

    Displaying banners and signs reading: ‘Cop has failed’, dozens of Extinction Rebellion activists were pictured at the Lord Mayor’s Show in the City of London on Saturday.

    Meanwhile, a ‘COP funeral’ was due to be simultaneously held in Glasgow to ‘symbolise the failure’ of the historic global climate summit, according to the group. 

    A large group of police officers also set up a protective perimeter around an XR installation featuring a large grey twisted hand and a disturbing-looking face as eco-activists wearing lab coats attempted to block roads.  

    Other protestors were filmed addressing large crowds with a microphone, while a large group booed the Lord Mayor Vincent Keaveny as he was sworn into his new position. 

    Urging ‘change to our economic system’ and referring to the revelation of Geoffrey Cox MP’s multi-million pound earnings as a lawyer, large groups of eco-activists were seen protesting yards away from the day’s procession.

    It is the second weekend in a row that the climate campaigners have descended on London, after more than 50,000 eco-warriors marched in the capital, Glasgow, Belfast and other British cities on Saturday, November 6 demanding action on climate change.

    A police officer clashes with a climate activist from Extinction Rebellion as they protest at the annual Lord Mayor's Show in the City of London on November 13, 2021

    A police officer clashes with a climate activist from Extinction Rebellion as they protest at the annual Lord Mayor’s Show in the City of London on November 13, 2021

    Police officers form a ring around an XR installation that blocks the middle of the road at the Lord Mayor's Show in the City of London

    Police officers form a ring around an XR installation that blocks the middle of the road at the Lord Mayor’s Show in the City of London

    A large group of police officers also surrounded an XR installation featuring a large grey twisted hand and a disturbing-looking face as eco-activists wearing lab coats attempted to block roads

    A large group of police officers also surrounded an XR installation featuring a large grey twisted hand and a disturbing-looking face as eco-activists wearing lab coats attempted to block roads

    It is the second weekend in a row that the climate campaigners have descended on London, after more than 50,000 eco-warriors marched in the capital, Glasgow, Belfast and other British cities on Saturday, November 6 demanding action on climate change

    It is the second weekend in a row that the climate campaigners have descended on London, after more than 50,000 eco-warriors marched in the capital, Glasgow, Belfast and other British cities on Saturday, November 6 demanding action on climate change

    A group of police officers hold back climate activists as members of the Armed Forces make their way through the annual parade

    A group of police officers hold back climate activists as members of the Armed Forces make their way through the annual parade

    Police officers carry away climate activists from Extinction Rebellion as they protest at the annual Lord Mayor's Show in the City of London on November 13, 2021

    Police officers carry away climate activists from Extinction Rebellion as they protest at the annual Lord Mayor’s Show in the City of London on November 13, 2021

    A City of London Police spokesperson said: ‘We are aware of a group of protestors in the City today. City of London Police officers are engaging with the group to minimise disruption. A number of arrests have been made.’

    Before the onset of the Covid pandemic, the Lord Mayor’s Show had only been cancelled once since its inception in the 13th century.

    In 1852, the annual parade was postponed to make way for the funeral of British Army commander and ex-Prime Minister Arthur Wellesley, the Duke of Wellington’s procession after he died aged 83. He received a huge state funeral and is buried in St Paul’s Cathedral.

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