Police drag XR protestors from Lord Mayor’s London Show

Extinction Rebellion hijack the Lord Mayor’s Show: Eco-zealots clash with police and are arrested as parade returns to the streets of London after it was cancelled by Covid last year for the first time since 1852

  • Arrests made after XR protestors stage a small protest at the annual Lord Mayor’s Show in the City of London
  • Police officers who dragged the eco-warriors from the middle of the road were cheered by delighted crowds 
  • Officials were pictured holding back dozens more eco-activists at other sections of the parade on Saturday 
  • 800-year-old Lord Mayor’s parade has only ever been cancelled twice; in 1852 and in 2020 due to pandemic
  • Second weekend in a row the eco-mob has targeted the capital, with thousands marching last weekend 

By Jacob Thorburn For Mailonline

Published: 13:12, 13 November 2021 | Updated: 14:32, 13 November 2021

This is the moment a crowd cheered as Extinction Rebellion protestors were dragged out of the path of an annual parade in the capital.  

In the clip, shared widely across social media, spectators can be heard cheering as two police officers sprint up to a quartet of eco-warriors who are kneeling on the road with their hands held above their head as the procession for the annual Lord Mayor’s Show in the City of London gets underway.

One member of the XR group appears to let his body go limp as one of the officers pulls him to the side of the road to allow the annual show to continue through the Square Mile.

Two elderly eco-activists, who appear to have paint on their faces, are seen being led away calmly by the arm by another police constable.

Meanwhile, police officers were pictured holding back dozens more XR protestors at other parts of the parade on Saturday afternoon, as the group made a failed bid to disrupt the day’s action. Police officials have confirmed to MailOnline that ‘a number of arrests’ have been made in relation to Saturday’s protests.

The Lord Mayor’s Show has only ever been cancelled twice; once in 1852 to commemorate the funeral of the Duke of Wellington, and in 2020 because of the onset of the coronavirus pandemic.  

Spectators can be heard cheering as two police officers sprint up to a quartet of eco-warriors who are kneeling on the road with their hands held above their head as the procession for the annual Lord Mayor’s Show in the City of London gets underway

Police drag XR protestors from Lord Mayor's London Show

One member of the XR group appears to let his body go limp as one of the officers pulls him to the side of the road to allow the annual show to continue

Police drag XR protestors from Lord Mayor's London Show

Eco-warriors with Extinction Rebellion are dragged out of the road by police officers at the Lord Mayor’s Show in the City of London on Saturday

Police drag XR protestors from Lord Mayor's London Show

Extinction Rebellion protestors hold a sign saying: ‘Cop has failed’ as the eco-warriors demonstrate during the Lord Mayor’s Show parade in the City of London

Police drag XR protestors from Lord Mayor's London Show Police drag XR protestors from Lord Mayor's London Show

The eco-warriors are forcibly pulled from the roads by City of London police officers.

A woman can be pictured shouting (bottom right) as she is dragged away by officers

Police drag XR protestors from Lord Mayor's London Show

Police officers hold back climate activists from Extinction Rebellion as participants of the annual Lord Mayor’s Show march through the streets of the City of London on November 13, 2021

Police drag XR protestors from Lord Mayor's London Show

Armed with placards, banners and signs, XR protestors line the streets as gilded carriages carrying London’s Lord Mayor proceed through the City of London

Police drag XR protestors from Lord Mayor's London Show

Displaying banners and signs reading: ‘Cop has failed’, dozens of Extinction Rebellion activists were pictured at the Lord Mayor’s Show in the City of London on Saturday

XR protesters started gathering at around 11am at Lincoln Inn Fields in central London, with group leaders criticising the ‘catastrophic failure’ of the COP26 global climate summit.

Writing an online post inviting activists to gather and protest in the capital on Saturday, XR chiefs said: ‘It’s the day after COP26 and we expect the summit to have been a catastrophic failure. Inaction from world leaders is nothing short of a crime against humanity.

‘We will not let people slump into despair. We will not allow their story of failure be ours. 

‘Now more than ever, people need to pull together in all our love, rage, courage and determination and march on parliament to show the UK Government we’re not going anywhere.

‘Because the change we need will ultimately come from the people, not politicians at conferences.

Because “we’re mad as hell and we’re not going to take it anymore!”

‘Join us at 10:30am on November 13th at Lincoln Inn Field when we will continue to build our movement for change and empower each other to take the action we so desperately need.’ 

Police drag XR protestors from Lord Mayor's London Show

The climate campaigners have been highly critical of the COP26 global summit.

Pictured: A truck carrying an XR installation and sign that reads: ‘Cop has failed’ is pictured blocking a road in the City of London

Police drag XR protestors from Lord Mayor's London Show

A police officer clashes with a climate activist from Extinction Rebellion who shouts at members of a procession at the annual Lord Mayor’s Show in the City of London on November 13, 2021

Police drag XR protestors from Lord Mayor's London Show

Police officers form a ring around an XR installation that blocks the middle of the road at the Lord Mayor’s Show in the City of London

Police drag XR protestors from Lord Mayor's London Show

Climate activists from Extinction Rebellion wave flags and protest as mounted participants of the annual Lord Mayor’s Show march through the streets of the City of London

Police drag XR protestors from Lord Mayor's London Show

A large group of police officers also surrounded an XR installation featuring a large grey twisted hand and a disturbing-looking face as eco-activists wearing lab coats attempted to block roads

Police drag XR protestors from Lord Mayor's London Show

Police officials have confirmed to MailOnline that ‘a number of arrests’ have been made in relation to Saturday’s protests at the Lord Mayor’s Show

Police drag XR protestors from Lord Mayor's London Show

It is the second weekend in a row that the climate campaigners have descended on London, after more than 50,000 eco-warriors marched in the capital, Glasgow, Belfast and other British cities on Saturday, November 6 demanding action on climate change

Police drag XR protestors from Lord Mayor's London Show

A group of police officers hold back climate activists as members of the Armed Forces make their way through the annual parade

Police drag XR protestors from Lord Mayor's London Show

Police officers carry away climate activists from Extinction Rebellion as they protest at the annual Lord Mayor’s Show in the City of London on November 13, 2021

Displaying banners and signs reading: ‘Cop has failed’, dozens of Extinction Rebellion activists were pictured at the Lord Mayor’s Show in the City of London on Saturday.

Meanwhile, a ‘COP funeral’ was due to be simultaneously held in Glasgow to ‘symbolise the failure’ of the historic global climate summit, according to the group. 

A large group of police officers also set up a protective perimeter around an XR installation featuring a large grey twisted hand and a disturbing-looking face as eco-activists wearing lab coats attempted to block roads.  

Other protestors were filmed addressing large crowds with a microphone, while a large group booed the Lord Mayor Vincent Keaveny as he was sworn into his new position. 

Urging ‘change to our economic system’ and referring to the revelation of Geoffrey Cox MP’s multi-million pound earnings as a lawyer, large groups of eco-activists were seen protesting yards away from the day’s procession.

It is the second weekend in a row that the climate campaigners have descended on London, after more than 50,000 eco-warriors marched in the capital, Glasgow, Belfast and other British cities on Saturday, November 6 demanding action on climate change.

Police drag XR protestors from Lord Mayor's London Show

Vincent Keaveny, (centre) the 693rd Lord Mayor of the City of London, waves from the State Coach during the Lord Mayor’s Show in the City of London

Police drag XR protestors from Lord Mayor's London Show

A large group of XR protestors booed the Lord Mayor Vincent Keaveny (above) as he was sworn into his new ceremonial position on Saturday, November 13

Police drag XR protestors from Lord Mayor's London Show

Members of the British Armed Forces march during the parade in the Lord Mayor’s Show in the City of London

Police drag XR protestors from Lord Mayor's London Show

Performers take part in the Lord Mayor’s Show in the City of London on Saturday, November 13

Police drag XR protestors from Lord Mayor's London Show

A marching band during the parade in the Lord Mayor’s Show in the City of London

A City of London Police spokesperson said: ‘We are aware of a group of protestors in the City today.

City of London Police officers are engaging with the group to minimise disruption.

A number of arrests have been made.’

Before the onset of the Covid pandemic, the Lord Mayor’s Show had only been cancelled once since its inception in the 13th century.

In 1852, the annual parade was postponed to make way for the funeral of British Army commander and ex-Prime Minister Arthur Wellesley, the Duke of Wellington’s procession after he died aged 83. He received a huge state funeral and is buried in St Paul’s Cathedral.