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Greta Thunberg protests Rishi Sunak’s speech at Lord Mayor’s banquet

Swedish activist Greta Thunberg joined anti-fossil gas protesters in London final night time to disrupt a speech by the Prime Minister on the Lord Mayor’s banquet.

Rishi Sunak was delivering a keynote handle at a banquet celebrating the incumbent Lord Mayor, which boasted bankers and enterprise leaders among the many company. however activists from the group Fossil Free London staged a loud protest outdoors the Guildhall venue, chanting ‘cease Rosebank’, banging pots and pans and taking part in drums in an try to drown our Sunak’s speech.

It comes as local weather campaigners have been left as soon as once more disheartened and dissatisfied by the direct of the UK authorities on the setting after the King’s Speech, which promised to permit new yearly rounds of licensing to drill for oil and gasoline within the North Sea.

This solely confirming Sunak’s intentions to “max out” fossil gas reserves within the North Sea, following on from the UK authorities’s approval of 27 new oil and gasoline licences – a transfer branded ‘shameful’ and ‘incorrect’ by activists to Tory MPs.

Greenpeace slammed the King’s Speech as a, “car for Sunak to additional his determined pursuit of short-term political level scoring, on the expense of the general public”.

Talking on the protest final night time, Joanna Warrington, spokesperson for Fossil Free London, blasted the federal government’s pursuit of recent oil and gasoline and stated protesters have been there to ship ‘a transparent message’ to the rich.

“Sunak and his climate-wrecking Authorities are promoting the UK public a harmful pipedream,” stated Warrington.

“They’re falsely promising vitality safety by way of the enlargement of recent oil and gasoline, that if pursued would solely spell utter local weather catastrophe, and an insecure, warming world for all of us that reside inside it.

“While Sunak dines with the Lord Mayor, bankers and enterprise leaders on the coronary heart of obscene wealth on this nation; we’re outdoors with a transparent message. We would like a livable future; and safe, inexpensive, renewable vitality for all.”

Greta Thunberg has been energetic within the UK recently, inflicting a stir final month when she was arrested in London for taking motion with local weather activists at an oil summit protest, which prompted outrage from leading human rights organisations.

Thunberg and a number of other Greenpeace activists will seem for a plea listening to tomorrow (Wednesday) on the Westminster Magistrates Court docket, following their arrest in October and being charged.

(Picture credit score: Andrea Domeniconi/Fossil Free London)

Hannah Davenport is information reporter at Left Foot Ahead, specializing in commerce unions and environmental points

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