London: Shell Protesters: Police & Ambulance Crew on standby
Helicopters, police ground forces, a Network Rail Response Unit and several ambulance crew waited at the bottom of the Shard in the evening rush hour as six woman Greenpeace protesters climbed the Shard to protest against Shell drilling the Arctic.They had been there since 4am this morning.
According to Greenpeace, there were several Shell offices near London Bridge. Mainstream media had failed to report the news about Shell drilling the Arctic.
When I got there in the evening, they were nearing the top, even though the weather was baking. Crowds gathered beneath the Shard to watch.
Many commuters at London Bridge asked the people in the rounds what was happening.
A policeman added, 'they're ambitious and bloody mad'.
A bystander, had other thoughts,"I wonder if they had been to the toilet."
They all finally reached the top after fifteen hours. They flew a blue banner, which seemed tiny over the top, and then they were arrested.
As they came out of the Shard, in a large unmarked white van they received rapturous applause.
At first I thought it was a great idea, but then it hit me, considering the length of time all of it took how many emergency crew were hanging around, in effect, wasting their time when they could be helping other people - whether this method of campaigning, is really the best way to go about it? Either way, it was an extraordinary feat by six women.