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Norwegian police arrest anti-oil protesters

Activists from Extinction Rebellion Youth blocked access to Norway’s ministry of petroleum and energy for several hours yesterday in protest against the government’s oil policy. Police managed to clear the demonstration, which led to multiple arrests.

Close to 20 activists occupied the ministry’s reception, while others demonstrated outside. Police arrested 19 people, most of whom occupied the ministry, and over 25 protesters who blocked one of the main roads in Oslo.

The demonstration saw around 150 people take part in what the Extinction Rebellion called a 10-day protest against Norway’s oil. Last week, activists blocked the Equinor facility Sture terminal in Øygarden municipality in Western Norway, preventing tankers and ships from leaving or arriving at the port.

The country, which recently awarded new oil licences, is Western Europe’s top oil and gas producer. The move to push for more oil led to Greenpeace protests in June demanding that the next government advocate a complete halt to all oil exploration. Elections in Norway are set for September this year.

Adis Ajdin

Adis is an experienced news reporter with a backgroud 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.

Comments

  1. I wonder how many arrived by car for these demonstrations. There is a whiff of hypocrisy in all of this amounting to environmental fascism.

    The banality of these protests just demonstrates a completely naive understanding of the limitations of so called renewables and green energy/fuel options. If the advocates want to live their lives in darkness, hunger, disease and misery let them but don’t push unctuous notions on others

    1. Your post puts me in mind of all the AGW denier posts going back to the 90s and echoed in certain media such as the Mail and Express in the UK and FoxNews and InfoWars in the USA. You obviously have no idea of what is involved but have an axe to grind for some reason.
      “If the advocates want to live their lives in darkness, hunger, disease and misery”. Which is exactly what the outcome will be if we adopt your “fillofersee”, i.e. religious and science denial fascism.
      Ever heard of Monckton, the GWPF, Heller, Soon. Heartland, Cato et al? They all spout the same nonsense.

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