By Natalie Thomas and Henry Nicholls

LONDON (Reuters) -Climate activists dumped fake coal outside Lloyd’s of London’s headquarters on Friday, targeting the global insurer in a protest against the industry’s backing for major fossil fuel mining projects including a giant mine in Australia.

Activists from the Extinction Rebellion group unfurled banners with slogans including “Climate Criminals” and dumped the blackened boulders in the road outside the building on Lime Street in the heart of the City of London.

The group said that Lloyd’s facilitated the fossil fuel industry.

“The dumped coal highlighted Lloyd’s support for the most polluting projects – tar sands and coal mines,” notably Adani Enterprises’ giant Carmichael thermal coal mine in Australia, Extinction Rebellion said in a statement.

Lloyd’s, the world’s leading insurance and reinsurance marketplace, said

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