Environmental protesters block oil terminals across Britain | environmental activism - Bark Sedov

Environmental protesters block oil terminals across Britain | environmental activism

Hundreds of environmental protesters have blocked seven oil terminals across the country as part of a campaign to cripple Britain’s fossil fuel infrastructure.

Early Friday, Just Stop Oil supporters began blockades at oil refineries in London, Birmingham and Southampton by climbing onto tanker trucks and sticking themselves to road surfaces.

Just after 4am activists blocked terminals in Purfleet and Greys, Essex, which they said were the largest in the country. In Tamworth, near Birmingham, a group of more than two dozen protesters had hoped to disrupt the nearby Kingsbury oil terminal. However, due to police intervention, they were only able to block a road leading to the scene.

Just Stop Oil has demanded that the government agree to halt all new licenses for fossil fuel projects in the UK. They have vowed to continue disrupting Britain’s oil infrastructure until the government agrees.

Louis McKecknie, 21, from Weymouth, who had his neck zip-tied to a goalpost at Goodison Park, Everton’s football ground, last month as part of the campaign, said: “I don’t want to do that but our genocidal government is giving to me No choice. They know that oil is funding Putin’s war and driving millions of people into fuel poverty while energy companies make billions in profits. They know that allowing more oil and gas production in the UK is suicidal and will accelerate global warming.

“It means millions are dying from heat stress, losing their homes or struggling to find food. This is the future of my generation, I’ll quit when oil stops.”

The action is part of a planned series of protests against Britain’s oil infrastructure. Extinction Rebellion, which is due to start its next wave of protests on April 9, said it supports the Just Stop Oil campaign and has mobilized its activists to join.

Just Stop Oil has said its campaign marks a shift from civil disobedience to civil resistance. What that means, one supporter told the Guardian last month, “is to stop pointing out what the government should and shouldn’t do [and instead] to actively prevent the government from doing what it should not be doing”.

Friday’s blockades defied a Supreme Court injunction barring groups from protesting outside oil terminals. Outside Kingsbury and on roads leading to the site, placards read: “Supreme Court injunction in force. Blocking, slowing, preventing or disrupting traffic on this road as part of protest activities by Just Stop Oil, Extinction Rebellion, Insulate Britain Movements and other associated movements is strictly prohibited. Failure to comply with the order can be punished with imprisonment.”

In Tamworth, activists had gathered at a nearby McDonald’s before heading to the site but were initially stopped from acting by a police helicopter.

An activist said scouts saw large numbers of police officers in unmarked cars near the site. They feared they would be stopped and arrested as they boarded vehicles for the final leg of their planned journey, but hoped they would find a way. Eventually the group split up and most made their way to Kingsbury on foot.

Activists in Tamworth said police tried to stop them from reaching the Kingsbury oil terminal but realized they had no power to obstruct or arrest them. On Friday, just after 8 a.m., several had managed to find their way to the site’s main entrance, where they sat down to stop trucks entering or exiting the site.

“We are against the state,” said one protester. “And we will lose, but we have to try something.”

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