31 charged after 60 hours of Just Stop Oil protest


More than 30 people have been arrested and charged after climate activists blockaded an oil terminal for around 60 hours.

Just Stop Oil led the action at Nustar Clydebank’s facilities in West Dunbartonshire in support of their demand that the government halt new oil and gas projects in the UK.

The protest began around 4 a.m. Tuesday when activists boarded tankers and locked themselves at the entrance, while others entered the oil terminal, where some sat on pipes and others on silos to stop operations.

Just Stop Oil said protesters were there for around 60 hours before the action ended on Thursday, which the group says is the longest occupation of an oil terminal in the UK.

Police Scotland said 31 people had been arrested and charged with a number of offences.

The force said 15 were charged with breach of the peace and 16 with an offense under a section of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 which relates to trespass and alleged malicious mischief.

Chief Superintendent Lynn Ratcliff said: ‘As a rights-based organisation, Police Scotland places our values ​​of integrity, fairness, respect and a commitment to upholding human rights at the heart of everything. what we do.

“This means we will protect the rights of people who want to demonstrate or counter-protest peacefully, taking into account the rights of the wider community.”

Police said reports would be sent to the tax prosecutor in due course.

Climate activists block entrance to Nustar Clydebank oil terminal

It was the first such action in Scotland since the Just Stop Oil coalition began blockading fuel terminals south of the border on April 1, leading to more than 1,000 arrests.

A UK government spokesman said: ‘We will not bend to the wishes of activists who naively want to shut down oil and gas production in the North Sea.

“It would put British energy security and jobs at risk, and would simply increase foreign imports, not reduce demand.

“We are committed to a strong North Sea industry as we move away from expensive fossil fuels over the next few decades, and our recent UK Energy Security Strategy sets out a long-term plan to accelerate renewables and nuclear good market.”

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