Climate activists block shipping company in solidarity with Ukraine


Climate activists blocked a global shipping company in solidarity with the people of Ukraine.

The activists, from a number of different groups, are demanding an end to the transport of gas which they say is fueling the invasion of Ukraine.

Four activists have locked themselves to four bicycles and another to a gas canister outside Seapeak’s headquarters in Glasgow, while three activists sit on the ground blocking the office.

Others display banners reading “Stop the Transport War” and “Make Renewables Not War”. Blue and yellow smoke, representing the colors of the Ukrainian flag, were also set off.

An activist is locked on a cartridge (Glasgow Climate Justice Activists/PA)

Activists staged the blockade in Glasgow on Friday in response to an open letter from Extinction Rebellion Ukraine, which says the EU’s reliance on Russian coal, oil and gas ‘has created existential threats both for world peace and for the climate”.

Stuart Bretherton, 23, a support worker, said: ‘In many of the growing crises we are seeing – from war to climate breakdown to rising costs of living – the Fossil fuels sits at the center, so it’s clear that we need a just transition to renewables for the sake of peace, democracy and the planet.

Seapeak has interests in 74 vessels and describes itself as “a world leader, with one of the largest fleets of liquefied natural gas (LNG) and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) vessels”.

A Seapeak spokesperson said: “Seapeak owns/operates a fleet of LNG vessels trading around the world.

“We can confirm that Seapeak and the vessels in our fleet are not subject to any sanctions imposed by the UK, US or EU, and that our operations are not directly affected by any sanctions. We continue to monitor regulations closely.

“As employers of multinational seafarers, we have given full support to everyone involved, including our Ukrainian colleagues.”

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: ‘Officers are currently engaging with a small group who are staging a protest in Elliot Street, Glasgow.

“Police Scotland is a rights-based organization that places our values ​​of integrity, fairness, respect and a commitment to defending human rights at the heart of everything we do.

“This means we will protect the rights of people who want to demonstrate or counter-protest peacefully, taking into account the rights of the wider community.”

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