A “distressed man” climbed on top of a 6ft sign outside Lambeth Town Hall on Friday, sparking a large police response which closed one lane of Brixton Road and drew a crowd of dozens of onlookers.
The man started the protest at about 3.40pm on Friday, and clambered on to the information sign before cutting his wrists and shouting at passers by and police.
After creating a stand-off with police, the man eventually came down from the sign and was taken by paramedics to to a south London hospital. He received stitches to his injuries.
Balanced above the main entrance to the town hall, and with his his wrists bleeding, the man shouted: “Where’s the justice? There is no justice if you’re poor.” He also shouted obscenities at police officers and some passers by. It is unclear why the man was in distress, or what he was protesting about.
A spokesperson for Lambeth council said the council was providing “every possible support” to the resident in question.
A police spokesperson said: “Officers attended the location were they found a distressed male who had climbed onto a lamp post outside Lambeth Town Hall and cut both wrists.
“No arrests have been made.”