London fathers' rights protest ends with arrests

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) - The final protesters who scaled a building in London's Hyde Park to campaign for fathers' rights voluntarily came down on Monday and were arrested, police said.

Protesters from group Human Worth first occupied the roof of the park entrance last Tuesday in support of New Fathers 4 Justice (NF4J), which campaigns for greater rights for fathers when parents split.

Two men, the last remaining after several protesters had already descended, climbed down and were arrested for aggravated trespass, causing a public nuisance and being in breach of Royal Park regulations, according to police.

"They are currently in custody at a central London police station," police said.

The demonstrators had climbed the Apsley Gate entrance to Hyde Park, central London's biggest, which is adjacent to Apsley House, one the home of the dukes of Wellington and now a museum.

During the week, four other protesters who climbed down were arrested. Demonstrators included two British men and a British woman, two French men and an American man who had lived in France for decades, according to NF4J.

The group campaigns for "legal presumption of 50/50 contact for a child with their parents if they split up," according to its website.