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UK News Extinction Rebellion protesters blockade Edinburgh office over fossil fuel investment for MSPs

15:45  14 january  2020
15:45  14 january  2020 Source:   msn.com

Extinction Rebellion activists stage protest on rig

  Extinction Rebellion activists stage protest on rig Three protesters have climbed aboard the structure at the Port of Dundee and plan to block it from heading out to the North Sea. Extinction Rebellion Scotland said three of its members have climbed aboard the Valaris 122 rig.They are climbing the towers on the structure and intend to remain there to prevent it leaving.Five activists set out in a boat at around 11.30am and three made it on board.The rig is due to come on contract to Shell later this month and be sent to the Shearwater gas field.

Dozens of Extinction Rebellion protesters are blockading an Edinburgh -based finance company which invests in fossil fuels . They claim Baillie Gifford increased the Scottish Parliament's pension investment in oil firm Shell despite MSPs backing action on climate change.

Extinction Rebellion organisers told protesters to sit down and "be arrested" as police continued to try to remove them - and a police cordon later closed off the bridge. Police were seen cutting two protesters from a car that had blocked Victoria Embankment, while campaigners also locked

a man and a woman sitting on a bench: Extinction Rebellion protestors chained their arms inside a makeshift device outside the office doors © Daily Record Extinction Rebellion protestors chained their arms inside a makeshift device outside the office doors

Climate change activists blocked the entrances to an investment firm office in Edinburgh yesterday.

Members of chained themselves up outside doors at the Baillie Gifford building in the city centre.

They were protesting against the firm investing MSP pension funds into oil and gas giant Shell.

Around 30 police officers were called to the blockade opposite the John Lewis department store, which began around 7.30am.

a group of people sitting in the snow: Activists held up banners demanding an end to the firm's investment in fossil fuels © Daily Record Activists held up banners demanding an end to the firm's investment in fossil fuels

John Hardy, 36, Extinction Rebellion’s campaigns officer in Edinburgh, said: “Pensions are supposed to be about the future, but there will be no future if we keep investing in fossil fuels.

Extinction Rebellion activists leave rig after protest

  Extinction Rebellion activists leave rig after protest Three demonstrators had climbed aboard the structure at the Port of Dundee to block it from heading out to the North Sea. Extinction Rebellion Scotland said three of its members climbed aboard the Valaris 122 rig on Monday.Five activists set out in a boat at around 11.30am and three made it on board, climbing the towers on the structure to try to prevent it leaving.They came down later on Monday afternoon.BREAKING: 3 XR Scotland rebels have boarded and climbing a Shell Gas Rig in Dundee. They are planning an extended occupation and XR Scotland have a series of solidarity actions lined up.

The European Investment Bank (EIB) has balked at a proposal to halt new investments in fossil fuels , raising concerns that Germany and other nations The clamour for urgent action is increasingly loud, spearheaded by Greta Thunberg, student climate strikers, Extinction Rebellion protesters and

Sixteen Extinction Rebellion protesters were arrested in Bristol on Wednesday after they blocked a main road leading to the M32 motorway. Police have accused Extinction Rebellion of causing “high-level” disruption and called for courts to hand out tougher sentences to deter activists from causing

“Our representatives and those who work on their behalf need to show leadership on the climate emergency by removing all support for the fossil industry which threatens us all.”

Extinction Rebellion said Baillie Gifford had increased MSPs pension investment in Shell.

a group of people walking in front of a building: Protesters handed out flyers to passersby on the busy city centre street © Daily Record Protesters handed out flyers to passersby on the busy city centre street

One of the protesters, Marco, said: “We’re handing out flyers to people and having conversations. The response has been very positive.

“The protesters at the doors have their arms chained inside a repurposed beer keg with a steel pipe through it.

“They’ve built this device to make it difficult for the police to remove them so they can stay as long as possible.”

a group of people in uniform: Around 30 police officers were dispatched to the protest © Daily Record Around 30 police officers were dispatched to the protest

Baillie Gifford staff were able to enter the building via a side door.

Extinction Rebellion are carrying out a two-week long campaign targeting the fossil fuel industry in Scotland.

Watch as Extinction Rebellion protestors block entrances to Shell office in Aberdeen .
Protestors from the Extinction Rebellion movement have blockaded the office of an international oil and gas company in Aberdeen. © Provided by The Scotsman Extinction Rebellion Scotland members began their protest at the Shell premises on Altens Farm Road at 6.30am on Thursday and said they plan to stay there all day. © Provided by The Scotsman The group say they have secured the entrances with lock-on equipment and the main entrance with XR Scotland's big purple boat, named Amal Gous.

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