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Over 30 activists still occupying British parliament roof

world Updated: Oct 15, 2009 17:14 IST
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Thirty-one environmental activists including Brikesh Singh from India occupied the roof of the British Parliament for the second day on Thursday asking lawmakers to overhaul climate change policies before a key UN summit, even as 24 of them have been arrested.

Brikesh Singh said "We're very pleased that there are so many of us still here to remind MPs that there's just fifty-five days until the UN climate summit in Copenhagen. The negotiations are deadlocked, we need leadership from developed nations like the UK if we're going to get the deal we need, and we're rapidly running out of time."

24 of the 55 Greenpeace activists voluntarily descended by ladder from the roof of the Grand Committee Chamber of the House of Commons Wednesday night.

All 24 were arrested on suspicion of trespass in a designated area under the section 28 of the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act, taken to Charing Cross and Belgravia police stations, held for a few hours and then released in the early morning. They have yet to be charged with any offence, but are bailed to return.

Another fifty Greenpeace activists are outside ministries and government offices across Westminster, handing civil servants and MPs copies of Greenpeace's 12-point manifesto to move the UK on to a low-carbon economy and build the trust necessary to get the international negotiations back on track.