Twenty Greenpeace activists have been arrested after bypassing security at the British parliament to stage a rooftop protest.
It is the latest in a series of embarrassing security breaches at Westminster. The protestors managed to evade the police and use ladders to get onto the roof. They are demanding more government action on climate change.
Robin Oakley, a Greenpeace spokesman said:
“There’s just a few weeks left before the big international climate summit in Copenhagen and the negotiations are deadlocked because rich countries, like Britain, simply haven’t gone far enough to provide the poorer countries that we’re serious about climate change. We think we’ve got to change the politics if we’re going to save the climate. We need politicians who are prepared to look after the next generation and not just obsess about the next election”
A parliamentary climate change committee will publish a report today assessing the government’s performance on reducing emissions, meeting carbon budgets and building a low-carbon economy.
Security at the House of Commons and the House of Lords has been tightened following several intrusions in recent years. This latest incident would suggest more needs to be done.