Parliament roof protests

Activists demonstrating during Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper's visit to Parliament have been arrested.

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House of Lords to investigate Parliament roof protest

The House of Lords will investigate how three protesters were able to get around parliamentary security to protest during the visit of Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, a spokesman said.

Three protesters were detained at 12 noon today by parliamentary security staff while trying to access non-public rooms in Parliament.

They attempted to protest during the prime minister of Canada's visit to Parliament.

The business of Parliament was unaffected. A full investigation is under way.

– House of Lords' spokesman.
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'Tar sands' activists arrested for scaling Parliament roof

Activists demonstrating during Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper's visit to Parliament have been arrested.

Scotland Yard said three people were arrested after a protest at the Sovereign's Entrance.

Environmental campaigners against "tar sands", a form of fuel which produces more emissions than conventional oil, have posted a video showing them on the roof of Parliament, with a statement saying they wanted to disrupt the premier's address to MPs and peers.

We have entered Parliament to interrupt Harper's speech. We have managed to climb onto the roof with t-shirts saying 'oil out of politics', 'stop Harper' and 'stop the tar sands'. Two campaigners have spilled molasses on the floor outside of Parliament.

– The "Love Canada Hate Tar Sands" website.

Shortly before Mr Harper's speech the doors slammed shut on the robing room, where the Queen puts on the Imperial State Crown and her ceremonial robes for the state opening of Parliament, and shouting was heard.

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