Extinction Rebellion in fourth day of protests at Esso West oil facility

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Climate change campaigners have staged a protest at an oil facility near Heathrow Airport on their fourth day of action.

Extinction Rebellion said that around 30 protesters returned to the Esso West oil facility in West London at 4am on Monday 4 April. This is part of their campaign to urge the government to stop using fossil fuels.

In a statement, the group said they were blocking the entrance with two bamboo structures and two large banners that said “Join Us – London 9th April” and “Stop Fossil Fuels Now”.

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Around 30 people occupied the space outside the facility (Extinction Rebellion/PA)

Countrywide protests

A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police said the force is aware of the protest and officers are at the scene.

Since 1 April, Extinction Rebellion and a second campaign group, Just Stop Oil, have staged a number of protests at oil terminals and refineries across the UK.

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Over the weekend Just Stop Oil blocked oil depots in Grays, Purfleet, Buncefield, Tamworth and central Birmingham.

More than 80 people were arrested in Essex over the weekend. 14 were held in Staines in Surrey, and six were arrested in Birmingham.

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A campaigner stands in front of a tanker at the west London facility (Extinction Rebellion/PA)

Our last chance

Andrew Smith, from Extinction Rebellion, said:

We’re here to say that climate action cannot wait. Right now, governments are choosing to exploit the crisis in Ukraine to hand out oil licences and continue the fossil fuel economy that’s destroying us.

The reality is, the UK public wants faster action on climate as the energy crisis hits. We know what is happening and what needs to be done – by acting in favour of corporate interest over the will of the people, the Government is showing contempt for the people who elected them.

How long ago did our Prime Minister say Cop26 was our last chance to save humanity? And now they’re sidelining climate policy once again. This is not living in reality.

The group stated that further action is expected on 9 April in London’s Hyde Park.

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