Great Britain

Big Ben: Anti-tier 3 lockdown activist climbs up iconic London tower

An activist, has climbed up the scaffolding surrounding Big Ben’s Elizabeth Tower and unfurled banners to protest about the coronavirus lockdown in the north of England.

Metropolitan Police said officers are on the scene and dealing with the incident after the man scaled the scaffolding at around 7.50am on Thursday.

One banner reads: “No Tier 3 lock-down for Gt N’n Pwrhse unless an xtra £2bn for whole region from Chester, Stoke, Derby, Nott’m, Boston, Skeg’s to Scottish border. If not: Gt N’n rebellion. XR North + unions + BLM UK + LGBTBQ + many more.”

A second banner reads: “Black and all live matter so unify peoples of the world, unite and put things right.”

The force tweeted from Westminster: “At around 07:50hrs a man climbed up scaffolding surrounding the Elizabeth Tower #Westminster. Officers are on scene and dealing.”

The banners were spotted by NHS midwife Lita Zalite, who tweeted a picture with the caption: “How to speak up when it matters #BigBen #lockdownUK”

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