Greenpeace activi sts scaled the European Union’s new headquarters in Brussels on Thursday and unfurled a huge banner warning of a “climate emergency,” hours before the bloc’s leaders gather for a summit focused on plans to combat global warming.
Around 30 environmental activists clad in red and wearing climbing gear stood on ledges of the Europa building as police gathered below and a helicopter circled overhead. Some fired red flares into the air as curious commuters watched on.
A reporter from The Associated Press said around 20 activists on the ground were detained. The group managed to climb the building by using the ladder of an old fire truck and has enough food to last for two days, according to Greenpeace spokesman Mark Breddy.