6 arrested in UK after oil tanker climate protest
LONDON — Six people have been arrested after climate change activists climbed onto an oil tanker in central London to protest investments in fossil fuel, British police said Saturday. The Extinction Rebellion climate activism organization said that two Olympic canoeists, Etienne Stott (gold medalist) and Laura Baldwin (a gold medalist), were among those who protested Friday. The protest by oil tankers was part of a mass climate demonstrations that took place Friday in London. Hundreds of activists blocked four bridges across London, causing delays and disruption throughout central London.
Extinction Rebellion said thousands of people are expected at London’s Hyde Park on Saturday for more protests.
More than 600 people have been arrested over the past two weeks after environmental activists climbed atop oil tankers, padlocked themselves to structures and blocked roads at oil depots across the U.K. Extinction Rebellion is affiliated with Just Stop Oil. They are demanding that Britain’s Conservative government cease any new oil or gas projects.
The demonstrations are part a growing climate movement that has seen Insulate Britain block roads and highways to press its demand that the government funds more energy-efficient homes. These demands are more urgent than ever as energy prices continue to rise in the U.K., and around the world.
A spokesperson for Shell said the company respects “the right of everyone to express their point of view — we only ask that they do so with their safety and the safety of others in mind.”
“We agree that society needs to take urgent action on climate change. Shell has a clear target to become a net-zero emissions business by 2050, in step with society,” the spokesperson said.
Meanwhile, police in central England said nine people were charged after Just Stop Oil held a demonstration Friday at an oil terminal in Kingsbury, near the city of Birmingham.
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