Six people have been arrested after Extinction Rebellion (XR) activists, including two Olympians, climbed over an oil tanker in west London.
Gold medalist canoeist Etienne Stott, along with two others, boarded the Shell tanker with a banner that read ‘End fossil filth’.
Later on Saturday, two XR protesters scaled Marble Arch in central London to hang a banner as protests against fossil fuels continued for a seventh day.
A man and a woman climbed two pillars to hoist a green banner about 10 meters wide that read “End Fossil Fuels Now” shortly before 6 p.m.
On a road next to Marble Arch, a group of eight activists locked themselves onto a car while two stuck to the roof.
Of the tanker incident, Stott said: ‘I am taking action to try to disrupt the toxic fossil fuel industry which is destroying everything we hold dear. Hopefully we can slow it down long enough to create a moment where everyone can stop and think about where we’re going and change course.
“I am aware that my actions will anger many people and I am prepared to be held accountable. But our government should also be held accountable for its decisions, which are destroying our planet’s ability to sustain human civilization.
Olympic sailor Laura Baldwin, who also took part in the protest, said: “This is the most critical time in human history and I feel like I have to do everything I can to give the ‘alarm.”
The Metropolitan Police said six arrests for interference with a vehicle had been made. He said in a statement: ‘We traveled to Bayswater Road around 0850 BST to deal with a number of protesters who had climbed onto a tanker.
“We have made six arrests for interference with a vehicle. The road is now open. »
Shortly after 6.30pm, the Met imposed a public order under Section 14(1) on the group to clear the road by 6pm.
It covers the Marble Arch roundabout, encompassing Park Lane, Oxford Street, Tyburn Way, Edgware Road, Bayswater Road and Cumberland Gate. Several people were arrested by officers moments later.
XR told the Guardian that one of the Olympians was arrested on Saturday morning. The group said the action came on its “biggest day of disruption yet”, ending 10 days of protests in the capital.
A spokesperson for XR said: “Those arrested today were doing what they felt was necessary to confront the fossil fuel industry which is driving catastrophic climate change. They are part of a powerful moment where more people than ever are joining the civil resistance to say that we will no longer tolerate the inaction and lies of governments that prioritize corporate interests over the protection of people. against what is happening right now.
“Extinction Rebellion calls on all peaceful, loving, and determined people to join the rebellion and resistance now.”
A Shell spokesperson said the company agrees the company “must take urgent action” on climate change.
“Shell has a clear goal to become a net-zero emissions company by 2050, in tune with society,” they added.
Protesters blocked four of London’s busiest bridges on Friday and earlier this week clogged entrances to the Lloyds of London insurance market.