Shell gets injunctions against UK climate protests

Shell obtained injunctions from a UK court that allow protestors to be fined and/or put in prison for blocking or damaging petrol stations in England or Wales. The firm announced Friday.

This follows several protests by climate activists like Just Stop Oil and Extinction Rebellion in recent weeks.

This is similar to the steps taken by Exxon and other oil companies, which were supported by Britain’s business department. It says that protest shouldn’t disrupt people’s daily lives.

According to Shell court documents and a spokesperson, the injunction orders are for Shell petrol stations in England & Wales. Some of these were damaged by hammers in recent times. Shell’s main offices and oil terminal in London are also affected.

A person may be found in violation of an injunction order and can be placed in contempt of the court.

British police detained hundreds of activists after protests calling for an immediate halt to the use of fossil fuels. The demonstrations took place at central London’s oil facilities and bridges.

According to Extinction Rebellion’s website, while the government obtained injunctions last year to prevent protesters from blocking major roads and motorways in London and the southeast respectively, activists continued to protest and were sentenced to prison.

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