Fathers' rights protester climbs British minister's roof

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A campaigner from the group New Fathers 4 Justice is pictured on top of the gate of Apsley House at Hyde Park Corner in London on August 15, 2014
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A campaigner from the group New Fathers 4 Justice is pictured on top of the gate of Apsley House at Hyde Park Corner in London on August 15, 2014 (AFP Photo/Carl Court)

London (AFP) - A protester scaled the home of the British justice minister and set up camp on the roof to demand greater rights for fathers, an activist group said.

Photos showed a tent on top of a house and a protester hanging a banner reading "No rights? Go MAD".

"He has set up camp on top of the roof and has enough supplies to last several days," the group New Fathers 4 Justice said in a statement.

A spokesman for justice minister Chris Grayling said the ongoing incident was a matter for the police.

Police were not immediately available for comment.

The group said the protester was Martin Matthews who, according to press reports, previously scaled the politician's constituency office.

Fathers' rights activists camped on the roof of a building at the entrance to London's Hyde Park for several days last week, and were arrested when they descended.

New Fathers 4 Justice says it is campaigning for a "legal presumption of equal contact for a child with their parents if they split up."

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