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Lloyd’s of London has been forced to close its City headquarters after Extinction Rebellion protesters blocked all 25 entrances to its offices this morning. 

There are reports the eco-activists have scaled the Lloyd’s Building and have made it to the roof, where they have unfurled banners demanding it stops insuring coal, oil and gas projects.

Among these are banners that say ‘Insure Climate Justice’, ‘Lloyd’s Insure Co2lonisation [colonisation]’ and ‘End Fossil Fuels Now’. 

Protester's gathered outside the firm's City headquarters and have blocked all 25 entrances to the building

Protester's gathered outside the firm's City headquarters and have blocked all 25 entrances to the building

Protester’s gathered outside the firm’s City headquarters and have blocked all 25 entrances to the building

Extinction Rebellion protesters have set up banners outside the Lloyd's Building this morning

Extinction Rebellion protesters have set up banners outside the Lloyd's Building this morning

Extinction Rebellion protesters have set up banners outside the Lloyd’s Building this morning

Protesters are holding banners calling for an end to the use of fossil fuels and accusing the insurer of supporting CO2 emitting industries

Protesters are holding banners calling for an end to the use of fossil fuels and accusing the insurer of supporting CO2 emitting industries

Protesters are holding banners calling for an end to the use of fossil fuels and accusing the insurer of supporting CO2 emitting industries

More than 60 members of the group are thought to have taken part in the protest, which began at around 7am on Tuesday morning. 

Using similar tactics to previous Extinction Rebellion protests that have been taking place in recent days, protesters have used superglue, chains and bike locks to block ways in and out of the building.  

There are unconfirmed reports the insurer, which has been in operation since the 1600s, has been forced to halt trading for the day as a result of the protests.

Staff who were already inside the building were allowed to leave by protesters, City AM reports.

Protesters are demanding the firm stops insuring fossil fuel projects, and have singled out the Trans Mountain Pipeline, a proposed 610 mile oil pipeline in Canada between the provinces of Alberta and British Columbia.

They believe this project is being insured using the Lloyd’s marketplace.

A number of protesters have chained themselves to the doors of the building to prevent people entering

A number of protesters have chained themselves to the doors of the building to prevent people entering

A number of protesters have chained themselves to the doors of the building to prevent people entering

Some supporters have scaled the building and have put banners on display on the outside of the firm's headquarters

Some supporters have scaled the building and have put banners on display on the outside of the firm's headquarters

Some supporters have scaled the building and have put banners on display on the outside of the firm’s headquarters

Source: Daily Mail

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