Members of the Extinction Rebellion use self-adhesive at the Houses of Parliament

Climate change activists from the Extinction Rebellion huddled around the Speaker’s seat in the Houses of Parliament in London.

The group said about 50 activists were involved in “non-violent” action at Westminster Palace.

A photo posted on the group’s Twitter account shows three members holding hands in front of their seats while the other two hold signs. written, and another that read, “Citizens meeting now.”

Two of its members were also chained to the railing of the New Palace Yard entrance gate using a bicycle lock.

Both the House of Commons and the Senate are currently on recess, with lawmakers not returning to the Palace of Westminster until next Monday.

pretend to be a tourist

Extinction Rebellion said three members disguised themselves as tourists and took an official tour of the building.

The group explained their demands in a Twitter post. Public gatherings will break the stalemate in Westminster, represent communities and restore confidence in politics. ”

A House spokesman said: “We are aware of the incident at the Capitol and are currently treating the situation as a matter of urgency.

London Metropolitan Police said police were “aware of a demonstration by a large number of protesters at the Palace of Westminster”.

A spokesman said “MET police and congressional officials are responding.”

worsening confusion

Extinction Rebellion and other climate change groups have recently ramped up their activities in the UK, causing disruptions to highways and oil depots.

In April, the group blocked a bridge in central London, putting pressure on the government to accelerate climate action.

Another group, Insulate Britain, which wants the government to insulate all UK homes to reduce energy use and carbon footprint, has launched M25, an orbit around London, to make its case. It repeatedly blocks highways, and other roads.

Just Stop Oil, which calls on the UK government to end all new oil and gas projects in the country, began a blockade of fuel terminals on April 1, leading to more than 1,000 arrests.

On May 10, the government announced new security bills introducing tougher restrictions on demonstrations in England and Wales.

Home Secretary Priti Patel said on May 9 that the government was determined to stop protesters from pushing the UK to a “last minute stop”. She said, “The law-abiding and responsible majority is anti-social and destructive, carried out by a complacent minority who seem to enjoy causing mayhem and misery to the rest of us.” I’ve done enough to address the protests.”

PA Media contributed to this report.

Alexander Chan