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Extinction Rebellion Dover: Climate activists glue themselves to road – BBC News, BBC News

Extinction Rebellion Dover: Climate activists glue themselves to road – BBC News, BBC News


        

                                 Protesters have glued themselves to the roadImage copyright                 Jade Evans                                                      
Image caption                                    Protesters have glued themselves to the road                             

Climate change activists have glued themselves to a road near Dover amid a protest aimed at ” blockading “the port.

Extinction Rebellion campaigners are occupying the westbound A 20 close to the port.

The campaign group said the “No Food on a Dying Planet” protest centered around the potential for food shortages as climate change develops.

The Port of Dover said it was working with police to minimise disruption from the protest.

Activists have been told they can demonstrate in an area cordoned off for them, but risk arrest if they try to block eastbound lanes used by lorries to access ferries.

Five million vehicles and almost 12 million passengers pass through Dover every year, making it one of the busiest ports in Europe.

According to witnesses, o ne protester was taken away in a stretcher after gluing their hands to the road.

                                                                                                      Image copyright                 Jade Evans                                                      
Image caption                                    There is a large police presence on roads near the port                             

Live music is expected later as part of the demonstration, while flags and signs adorn seafront railings, including slogans like “Rebel for life” and “Climate breakdown kills”.

The protest is due to last until 15: 00 BST.

It comes a day afterthousands of people across the UK took partin a global “climate strike

Chris Atkins, from Extinction Rebellion Dover, said: “As climate change develops, millions of ordinary Britons will face the real and growing threat of food shortages, hunger and starvation.

“This crisis may seem far away now but given the dependency of the UK on food imports we are extremely vulnerable. “

A Port of Dover spokeswoman said:” We are working closely with Kent Police to ensure as minimal disruption as possible. “

                                                                                                                          
Image caption                                    The protest is due to last until 15: 00 BST                             

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