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British police arrest 39 climate activists blocking Port of Dover

ForexSep 24, 2021 20:52
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LONDON (Reuters) -British climate change protesters on Friday temporarily blocked the Port of Dover, Europe's busiest trucking port, and police arrested 39 people.

About 40 activists from the environmental group Insulate Britain brought traffic to and from the port, the main artery for trade over the English Channel, to a standstill. Some demonstrators sat on the road until police cleared them.

The port said on Twitter (NYSE:TWTR) that traffic was moving freely again about three hours after it announced the protest.

Insulate Britain wants the government to commit to providing insulation for 29 million homes in an effort to curb fossil fuel use and fight global warming.

The Transport Ministry said the High Court on Friday approved an injunction that would send members of the group to jail if they repeat the Dover protests.

The group has blocked London's M25 orbital motorway five times in the last two weeks, and an order calling for jail time was issued earlier in the week for further protests on the M25.

"It is unacceptable that people cannot go about their day-to-day businesses ... because of the reckless actions of a few protesters," Transport Minister Grant Shapps said on Twitter.

Insulate Britain says the government should fund the insulation of all social housing by 2025. Nearly 15% of the UK's total greenhouse gas emissions come from heating homes, it says.

“We are sorry for the disruption that we are causing. It seems to be the only way to keep the issue of insulation on the agenda," the group said.

Britain, which aims to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, will host the UN COP26 climate summit in Glasgow in November, where Prime Minister Boris Johnson will push world leaders to commit to ending reliance on fossil fuels.

British police arrest 39 climate activists blocking Port of Dover
 

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Tyler Roberts
Tyler Roberts Sep 25, 2021 11:54
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Arrest them all and throw away the key!!They are stopping people from getting to work to insulate homes!The uk gov has spent billions on grants insulating homes!!
John Jones
John Jones Sep 24, 2021 10:24
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Ah the shortages will be due to protesters then, not Brexit... how dumb do they think we are?
Andrew Watson
Andrew Watson Sep 24, 2021 10:24
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and California ports with the largest backlog ever is due to Brexit too is it? and if a meteor strikes tomorrow?
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Andrew Watson u live in denial of higher living costs, no food in supermarkets, unemployment through the roof, nhs privatized, no health cover when ur on holiday, not being able to live/work/study or just simply retire in a nice part of the EU. Sit on blackpool pleasure beach eating greasy chips and drinking carlsberg in the wind and rain. LOL
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Blackpool pleasure Beach is preferable to Molembeek and other eu ghettos. The grass is always greener on the other side petelewis1994942
 
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