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Six people arrested in UK after oil tanker climate protest


LONDON – Six people have been arrested after climate change activists boarded an oil tanker in central London to protest against fossil fuel investment, British police said on Saturday.

Climate activism group Extinction Rebellion said two Olympic athletes – gold medal-winning canoeist Etienne Stott and Laura Baldwin – were among the protesters on Friday. The tanker protest was part of mass climate protests on Friday which saw hundreds of activists block four key bridges across the UK capital, causing delays and disruption in central London.

Extinction Rebellion said thousands of people were expected in London’s Hyde Park on Saturday for further protests.

More than 600 people have been arrested in the past two weeks after environmental activists climbed onto oil tankers, padlocked themselves to structures and blocked roads at oil depots across the UK. Extinction Rebellion affiliate group Just Stop Oil is demanding that Britain’s Conservative government halt all new oil and gas projects.

The protests are part of a growing climate action movement that has also seen the group Insulate Britain clog motorways and roads to pressure its demands for the government to fund more energy-efficient homes. The demands have become more urgent as energy prices soar in the UK and elsewhere.

A Shell spokesperson said the company respects “everyone’s right to express their views – we only ask them to do so with their safety and the safety of others in mind”.

“We agree that society must take urgent action against climate change. Shell has a clear goal of becoming a net zero emissions company by 2050, in tune with society,” the spokesperson said.

Meanwhile, police in central England say nine people have been charged after Just Stop Oil staged a protest on Friday at an oil terminal in Kingsbury, near the city of Birmingham.

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