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Mikey Robertson solo on the Lloyd's Building in LondonUKC News, Jun 2009© Clare KendallMikey Robertson has been up to his old tricks again. The often naked, deep-water-solo enthusiast has soloed up the side of the fourteen-story Lloyd's building on Lime Street in London.Dressed in a smart suit, but with rock boots and chalk bag, Robertson climbed the 88 metre building onsight and free. We don't have a grade for the line as yet, but it is thought to be technically quite reasonable.The crux may have come afterwards when Mikey was escorted in to a police van.Robertson erected a huge banner urging the insurance underwriters Lloyd's of London to cease financial dealings with Burma, and timed his protest to coincide with the eve of the birthday of Burma's elected Prime Minister, Aung San Suu Kyi. Suu Kyi's 64th birthday is today – Friday 19th June; she's now been detained under house arrest in Burma for the majority of the last 19 years.Although this was Mikey's first UK protest; in November 2007, he soloed the Eiffel Tower to draw attention to French company Total's involvement with the Burma generals. (See UKC News Item – Mike Robertson Arrested).Mikey and his supporters said: “Lloyd's of London, and the various insurance syndicates operating from within the Lloyd's building in Lime Street, have consistently failed to recognise that their underwriting of the generals' airline and shipping interests merely perpetuates this vicious and bloodthirsty regime. The atrocities committed by the ruling junta include forced relocation, rape, child labour, imprisonment without trial, and murder.” 

Mikey Robertson meets his new climbing partners after his ascentUKC News, Jun 2009© Clare Kendall

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