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Dozens arrested after blocking three oil terminals

DOZENS of climate change activists were arrested toay after they blocked three oil terminals.

Protesters brought traffic to a standstill in the early hours of the morning outside the Kingsbury oil terminal near Tamworth, Staffordshire, and at the Navigator oil terminal in Thurrock and Grays oil terminal, both in Essex.

Pictures from the scene show people in orange hi-vis jackets on top of oil tankers and blockading roads, while holding signs.

Essex Police said that a total of 28 people had been arrested in connection with the protests, while Warwickshire Police reported making 12 arrests

Members of Just Stop Oil, a youth-led coalition of groups working to halt new fossil fuel licensing and production, have been blocking access to oil terminals, and demanding that the government stops new oil and gas projects.

A dozen protesters locked themselves to pipes at the Tamworth site, while activists in Essex created roadblocks and “tanker-surfed.”

At the Grays terminal, activist Louise Lancaster said: “We have two to three years to plot a new course to save life on Earth.

“I will not be a bystander while this government squanders its opportunity to shape a sustainable future, fobbing us off with lies.”

An unnamed protester at the Grays site tweeted a video saying: “This isn’t a protest against ordinary people in their cars.  Without this action, the human race won’t survive.”

The latest protests followed Valero Energy being granted an injunction against a number of environmental groups and “persons unknown” earlier this week following recent actions at the Kingsbury terminal.

The injunction bans anyone from damaging any part of the land at each of the firm’s sites, from “affixing themselves to any other person or object” on the land or parts of access roads and from building any structure.


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