Six people were arrested after climate change activists boarded an oil tanker in central London on Saturday.
Environmental activist group Extinction Rebellion said three men had climbed atop a shell tanker at Bayswater Road, where they held an “Eliminate Fossil Dirt” banner, while other protesters gathered around the vehicle. Participants in the protest included Olympic gold medalist canoeist Etienne Stott and fellow British Olympian Laura Baldwin. “I’m trying to disrupt the toxic fossil fuel industry that is destroying everything we hold dear,” Stott told reporters.
Pictures from the scene show campaigners flags of the Extinction Rebellion. The Metropolitan Police said six people had been arrested for vehicular interference and said the road was reopened by noon. The incident was the latest in a coordinated series of Easter protests by protesters who are calling for a halt to all investment in fossil fuels in the UK.
On Thursday, four activists affixed themselves to the top of an Eddie Stobart fuel tanker at Chiswick intersection, which feeds traffic on and out of the M4 from west London. On Laurie’s behalf, she raised flags in protest against Britain’s use of fossil fuels.
And on Friday, hundreds of protesters blocked the Waterloo, Blackfriars, Lambeth and Westminster bridges in London as part of their campaign. No arrests were made, the police said.
These protests continued across London on Saturday. According to the Met, the workers were passing through central London, where they “stopped at various places along their unspecified route, causing disruption”. Later in the day, campaigners gathered for a large demonstration in Hyde Park.
Meanwhile, Warwickshire Police said nine people have been charged after a separate climate activist group, Just Stop Oil, organized a demonstration at an oil terminal in Kingsbury near Tamworth in Staffordshire. A dozen activists piped themselves up there as part of their campaign to ask the government to stop all new oil and gas projects.
Similar demonstrations have taken place at the Navigator Oil Terminal in Thurrock and Grays Oil Terminal in both Essex, and follow decisions by several major operators – including Navigator, ExxonMobil and Valero – to try to prevent protesters from blocking operations. To obtain an injunction for. There.