UK Climate Activists Arrested After Blockading and Occupying Oil Terminals

British police said they had arrested more than 200 people after climate change activists started a third day of protests at oil terminals in the UK.

More than 30 activists camped outside the Buncefield oil terminal in Hertfordshire overnight, while 12 gained access to the site and entered the facility in the early hours of Sunday morning.

“Our message is that direct action and civil disobedience is only going to ramp up until we see change in the right direction,” Ronan, a protester who slept overnight at the site said.

On Friday, hundreds of activists from groups Extinction Rebellion and Just Stop Oil started blocking oil terminals across Britain, some climbing on top of oil tankers as part of their campaign to force the government to speed de-carbonization efforts and to stop new oil and gas projects.

“We fully acknowledge every person’s right to engage in lawful protest; however, when that protest becomes unlawful and disproportionate in nature, we will act to protect the rights of others,” Assistant Chief Constable Ben Smith said.

Police said they arrested 83 people in Essex, east of London, in 48 hours.

“I want to once again be clear: policing is not anti-protest, but we must intervene where there is a risk to life or where laws are being broken, and we will do so,” Assistant Chief Constable Rachel Nolan said.

Meanwhile, Extinction Rebellion said it planned to increase the pressure on the government with daily protests in London, which would begin on April 9.


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