The police arrested and detained several Greenpeace activists that climbed the London Shard in order to protest against gas and oil drilling that is taking place in the Arctic. In total Scotland Yard arrested six protesters that climbed the highest building in London charging them with suspicion of aggravated trespass.
All six were female and reached the top of the Shard after spending 15 hours climbing to physically demonstrate they are against Arctic drilling. Once the women reached the top of the shard two of them unwrapped a huge 32 x 32 flag that had the words ‘Save the Arctic’ written across it in white.
A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police stated that six female protesters that scaled the 72 storey Shard were arrested. The officers were first called to the scene at 4:20am when the women began to climb the building. The group is scattered around the world with members from Canada, the UK, Holland, Belgium, Sweden, and Poland.
Greenpeace released a statement that said the action was organised as part of their anti-oil and gas drilling campaign and that the activists very carefully looked over the building and performed a proper safety assessment. They were able to get over onto the Shard by getting onto the roof of the London Bridge station and then jumping over.
The protesters stated that they had been training for months and chose the Shard because it was located very close to the London offices of Shell oil. Shell is one of the leading companies that continue to drill in Arctic and has invested billions into drilling in Russia and Alaska.
The entire climb was broadcast live onto on the Greenpeace website via a camera that was worn on the back of one of the climbers. A statement on Twitter published by Greenpeace instructed London to look up as they attempt to head up the Shard.