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Dutch police arrest activists after protest at Shell refinery in Rotterdam

Twenty-one Greenpeace activists have been arrested by the Rotterdam police in the Netherlands while protesting at the entrance to Shell’s Pernis refinery in Rotterdam port. The protestors were calling for a new law to ban fossil fuel advertising and sponsorship in the EU.

The Greenpeace ship Beluga II was boarded and seized by the police and the captain and first mate were detained. Meanwhile, activists in kayaks and inflatables that were part of the blockade were removed. Before being detained, the activists unfurled banners reading “Fossil Free Revolution” and “Ban fossil fuel ads”.

“We will continue to put pressure on the oil industry, to expose their responsibility for the climate catastrophe and to challenge the disinformation that they use to stay afloat and delay climate action,” said Faiza Oulahsen Greenpeace Netherlands’ head of Climate & Energy campaign.

More than 80 Greenpeace activists used fossil fuel ads from all over Europe yesterday to block the entrance to Shell’s oil refinery in Rotterdam. Over 20 organisations plan to collect 1m of verified signatures from EU citizens in a year, to put a law banning ads for fossil fuels before the EU Commission. The draft law would ban advertisements for fossil fuels, for vehicles that use them, and block oil companies from sponsorships.

Adis Ajdin

Adis is an experienced news reporter with a background in finance, media and education. He has written across the spectrum of offshore energy and ocean industries for many years and is a member of International Federation of Journalists. Previously he had written for Navingo media group titles including Offshore Energy, Subsea World News and Marine Energy.


  1. These zealots would have us all reduced to lives of cold, darkness, hunger, poverty and disease. The hypocrisy and single agenda rhetoric is unbelievable.

    There is endless repetition of the phrase “climate change crisis” but exactly what this is is never clear or spelt out. The protesters no doubt have lived their lives to date as beneficiaries of the use of fossil fuels but now are claiming to have seen the light. Forcing their positions on a wider community without any authority is tantamount to environmental fascism. There seems to be a lot of it about.

  2. Hypocritical really, while using oil products themselves.Supporter in the beginning now they lost my respect

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