co-activists Just Stop Oil have set up for a fourth day of protests arriving in the dead of night to blockade the Esso West London Oil Terminal near Heathrow Airport.
Thirty activists from the Extinction Rebellion-affiliated group used two bamboo structures to sucessfully block fuel lorries from entering the busy terminal at 4am on Monday.
The group said it will only leave the site when the Government “agrees to stop all new fossil fuel investments immediately”.
They have unravelled two large banners–one to promote a round of upcoming protests in the capital and the other ‘Stop Fossil Fuels Now’.
It is the fourth day in a row in which oil facilities across the UK have been blocked as part of ongoing action by Extinction Rebellion and the Just Stop Oil coalition.
Over the weekend Just Stop Oil claimed to hold oil depots in Grays, Purfleet, Buncefield, Tamworth and Central Birmingham.
They celebrated reports that petrol pumps ran dry across Kent after their blockade.
An activist also glued himself to a microphone live on air as he was interviewed on LBC.
Andrew Smith from Extinction Rebellion said: “Right now, governments are choosing to exploit the crisis in Ukraine to hand out oil licences and continue the fossil fuel economy that’s destroying us.
“They are exploiting public fear and disorientation at a time of crisis when people’s bills are going up to advance corporate-friendly policies incapable of attracting democratic support.”
More than 200 people were arrested over the weekend. Warwickshire Police said the force made 54 arrests for offences including criminal damage, obstructing the highway and public order in relation to the ongoing protest at Kingsbury Oil Terminal.
In Essex, officers arrested 155 people following protests in the Thurrock district.