Extinction Rebellion disrupt BP meeting

21 May 2019, 17:38

Activists block Exeter streets

A group of environmental activists has been ejected from BP's annual meeting in Aberdeen.

Protesters said six campaigners set off loud personal security alarms within the room, disrupting the yearly gathering of shareholders.

Some activists, from Climate Action Scotland and Extinction Rebellion Scotland, also tried to glue themselves to the floor of the city's conference centre, it was claimed.

Extinction Rebellion Scotland said the campaigners were removed from the protest by security staff and they went on to join other demonstrators gathered outside the AGM.

Alys Mumford, of Climate Action Scotland, said: "As we are seeing increasingly devastating impacts of climate change across the world, it is unacceptable that fossil fuel companies are carrying on with business as usual."

Police Scotland said there were no arrests linked to the protest.

The action was the latest in a series of demonstrations by activists demanding stronger action on climate change.

A protest was also staged outside BP petrol station in North Road, Fort William, Highlands, on Tuesday.

In London on Monday, police made 10 arrests after environmental campaigners attempted to block access to BP's offices by locking themselves in containers.

Last month, around 300 people staged a "die-in" protest underneath Dippy the dinosaur at the exhibit's temporary home at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow last month.

Activists have also occupied North Bridge in Edinburgh, bringing traffic to a standstill, and scaled the Finnieston Crane in Glasgow to highlight their message.

BP has been contacted for comment.