Extinction Rebellion mob glue their hands to desks at Shell London HQ after targeting the QUEEN with Buckingham Palace march

1st May, 2022.      //   Climate Change  // 

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Dozens of Extinction Rebellion activists glued their hands to the London HQ of Shell today while hundreds marched on Buckingham Palace.  Video shared by XR shows two activists with their hands down on a reception desk with the logo of oil giant Shell visible in the background. Other pictures show three people holding XR signs saying: ‘Insiders wanted’.

Sharing the footage on their Twitter page, XR said: ‘Ordinary people have glued to the reception Shell HQ in London as protestors fill the lobby and surround the building.’ In the video, one of the protestors says: ‘We are here to talk to HR, because we feel like there is not much point in talking to people at a corporation like this because those people clearly have not got any idea what is going on.’ A security guard then arrives and asks if they have glued themselves to the desk, with the protestor replying: ‘We have, yes.’ Outside, one hundred people from XR held up a placard with the name of an individual Shell employee and the words ‘Please Join Us’, while activists also handed out flyers to staff urging them to ‘switch to the right side of history, before Shell turns toxic on your CV’.

Another group positioned a fireman’s trampoline below the office windows bearing the message: ‘Jump Ship’.  While the protests took place in and outside the Shell building, another group who said they were scientists, superglued themselves to an entrance of the nearby Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy as they continue to call for immediate action on climate change.

Hundreds of demonstrators also walked along Constitution Hill towards the Queen’s official London residence – although she is currently living at Windsor Castle – waving flags and holding a large banner saying: ‘End fossil fuels now’.

Also today, in a separate third protest, activists from the Just Stop Oil group – which is linked to XR – launched a 12th day of action by gluing their hands to roads and climbing on top of oil tankers in Purfleet, Essex.  There is an Esso oil refinery on the outskirts of the town, along with fuel tanker depots. The protests appeared to be taking place outside an Esso petrol station – and Essex Police officers were removing activists from the road. One protestor in Purfleet said: ‘I’m here today to send a clear message to the Government that they must stop funding new oil and gas projects. ‘We have eight years of oil in this country, we don’t need any more. We have three to four years to do something about our emissions, to do something drastic before it is too late.’

Asked how she felt about working Britons being impacted by the protests, she said: ‘We are really sorry people are caught up in this. We don’t want to be here.  ‘However we are in a climate emergency and we have to act, we have to start moving away from oil, or they won’t have a future to work in.’  The latest protest is the 12th day of action by Just Stop Oil. The eco-mob had their first day off since April 1 yesterday. ‘We decided to give them a break,’ a campaign official said.

The group has said it is planning a month of action across April. About 400 people have been arrested so far, according to Just Stop Oil, but they have vowed to continue until they are jailed. A Just Stop Oil spokesman said yesterday: ‘Ministers have a choice: they can arrest and imprison Just Stop Oil supporters or agree to no new oil and gas. While Just Stop Oil supporters have their liberty the disruption will continue.’  The protest came as scientists wearing lab coats today arrived at the office of the Government’s business department carrying signs saying: ‘Science says new oil and gas = death.’ Richard Ecclestone, a former inspector with Devon and Cornwall police, was one of those at the XR protest at BEIS today. He said the scientists had decided on the action in the wake of the Government’s energy strategy.

He told the Guardian that the action had been put together to ‘draw the attention of the department for business, to remind them of what the science is.’ ‘They’ve taken quotes from recent scientific reports saying basically there’s irrefutable evidence now that we cannot continue to search for and exploit oil and gas reserves, or that will mean death,’ he told the paper.

Meanwhile, Ecologist Dr Aaron Thierry, 36, who had his hand glued to the window of BEIS, said: ‘I really wish I was not here, but also I’m really glad that I’m here with all these scientists who know what’s right.’ It comes after around 40 eco-activists were arrested at Inter Terminals in Grays, Essex, on Monday. Members of the group had spent more than 38 hours locked on to pipework above the loading bay.  Following Monday’s protests, Downing Street promised a crackdown on eco-activists using ‘guerilla tactics’.

In the strongest statement yet on the eco-mob ‘Just Stop Oil’, Number 10 pledged that it would ‘not tolerate’ those obstructing people ‘going about their day-to-day business’. Responding to the group’s tactics, a No 10 spokesman said: ‘We recognise the strength of feeling and the right to protest is a cornerstone of our democracy, but we won’t tolerate guerrilla tactics that obstruct people going about their day-to-day business.’

The spokesman added: ‘We fully support the police who are putting significant resource into their response to the demonstrations.’  It comes as a furious motorist earlier this week revealed how they had to drive 46 miles to fill up because of the disruption to the UK’s petrol supplies, while others said they did not have enough fuel to go to work today. One driver, recounting their nightmare journey yesterday, told MailOnline: ‘Every petrol station we tried was shut – we drove 11 miles to Aylesbury first and then 17 miles to Bicester before giving up and driving the ten miles back home.  ‘The next day we drove to Winslow which is another eight miles away before finding fuel there. It is total pot luck’

On Monday morning, other drivers took to social media to vent their frustration at the protesters’ ‘selfish, naive’ actions.  ‘No petrol stations near to me have any fuel, no fuel means I can’t work,’ one Twitter user wrote. Another added: ‘I’m working today. I have enough petrol to get there but we probably don’t have enough fuel in the work vehicles to take vulnerable people to medical appointments so they’ll have to be cancelled.’

Priti Patel has called the protesters ‘selfish, fanatical and frankly dangerous’ while George Eustice, the Environment Secretary, criticised their ‘extreme’ tactics.  Campaign group Fair Fuel said up to a third of petrol stations were closed yesterday, while pictures showed some remained shut today.

 Fair Fuel founder Howard Cox told MailOnline supplies remained ‘patchy’ – with diesel particularly affected – but overall the situation was better than on the weekend.  The AA on Sunday night said shortages had been ‘isolated’ and none of its 2,700 patrols had experienced difficulties getting fuel.

Meanwhile, the Petrol Retailers Association, which represents around 65 per cent of independently owned forecourts, said: ‘We are aware of protests at several fuel supply sites; however, the majority are unaffected.’ Supply issues tend to hit motorists in London and the South East worse than elsewhere.  This is most likely due the regions’ higher population densities, Gordon Balmer, executive director of the Petrol Retailers Association, has previously said.  Campaign group Just Stop Oil is now on its eleventh day of disruptive protests.   A video posted at 3.30am on Monday morning showed one activist at Grays oil depot filming a selfie video from inside a pipe.

‘We’re still in the pipes, still stopping oil, still stopping whatever we non-violently can to resist the collapse of our liveable future,’ he said. ‘We really hope to make it to 24 hours and beyond because that’s the only way this government will listen.

‘This corrupt government that is pushing us towards not just a climate catastrophe but a social crisis. ‘We’re in the depths of a cost of living emergency… we’re in the depths of a legitimacy crisis and unless Boris Johnson gets on with the job and stops oil and legitimacy crisis will extend to the entire global system’.

Today, Environment Secretary George Eustice said: ‘A right to protest is important but not if it’s causing havoc with other people’s lives.  ‘That’s wrong and not acceptable. ‘We all recognise that we need to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels… this is a mainstream agenda, people really don’t need to do these extreme protests to get their point heard.’ Protesters have been holding up fuel supplies by targeting Grays oil depot and two other crucial sites in Warwickshire and Hertfordshire. And over the weekend, activists from climate group Extinction Rebellion (XR) also blocked two central London bridges in a series of ‘exceptionally dangerous’ stunts. The mayhem comes ahead of a record 21.5million motorists preparing to take to the roads this coming Easter weekend. A frustrated Priti Patel said: ‘Hard-working people across our country are seeing their lives brought to a standstill by selfish, fanatical and frankly dangerous so-called activists.  ‘Keir Starmer’s Labour Party repeatedly voted against our proposals that would have given the police extra powers to deal with this eco mob. The police have my full backing in doing everything necessary to address this public nuisance.’

In a sign of the havoc, nearly a third of drivers surveyed in the Midlands and the South East reported a lack of fuel at forecourts on Monday. Diesel was in especially short supply. Ministers had planned to introduce new powers to help police tackle eco-protesters but the measures were blocked in the House of Lords in January. At the time, Miss Patel accused Labour of siding with ‘vandals and thugs’. Proposed measures had included an offence of ‘locking on’ in a bid to stop protesters resorting to the common tactic of chaining themselves to buildings and vehicles.

New stop and search powers were also proposed to allow police to detain protesters arriving carrying bike locks and other equipment designed to make themselves difficult to remove. Ministers are expected to try to revive the measures in the next Queen’s Speech.

On Sunday the Just Stop Oil and Extinction Rebellion fanatics brought chaos to fuel depots.  At the Kingsbury oil terminal in Warwickshire they claimed to have dug a tunnel under a tanker route in a bid to block deliveries to forecourts. Up to 40 campaigners then locked themselves to the gates of the Buncefield terminal in Hertfordshire.  This was followed by further action at the Exolum storage terminal in Grays, Essex. The group has vowed to continue until ministers agree to stop all new fossil fuel investments. On Lambeth Bridge, hundreds of protesters prevented cars and buses from using the key route linking north and south London.

The protest had a festival atmosphere, with speakers playing dance music and a stall handing out pasta and falafel. The activists sat down and refused to move for hours. However they allowed ambulances to pass.

A samba band joined the protesters blocking cars and buses on Vauxhall Bridge. The Metropolitan Police reopened both London bridges by 8pm, making 38 arrests. Essex Police said the depot protest tactics were becoming ‘exceptionally dangerous’ and putting activists and officers at ‘unacceptable’ risk of harm. Assistant Chief Constable Glen Pavelin said: ‘We cannot stand by while criminal acts are being committed, and lives are being put at risk, in the name of protest.’ The force has made 338 arrests since the protests began on April 1.

Warwickshire Police has detained 180 people and its assistant chief constable, Ben Smith, said: ‘While we will always recognise and respect the public’s right to peaceful protest, we will take action against anyone who breaks the law or causes significant impact on the local community.’

A spokesman for the UK Petroleum Industry Association said: ‘The industry is working hard to ensure fuels are being delivered as quickly as possible.’

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