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Scotland: This Is Rigged protesters arrested outside oil refinery

Jun 13, 2023

Four activists have been arrested after allegedly chaining themselves to an old washing machine outside an oil refinery.

Protesters from This Is Rigged gathered at the entrance of the Grangemouth oil refinery in Scotland from 7pm on Friday.

The group claimed their alleged action stopped petrol distribution from the oil terminal as they remained at the scene into Saturday morning.

The campaign group has vowed to ‘shut down the Scottish oil industry’.

Other protests were held at terminals in Clydebank and Grangemouth on Wednesday and Thursday.

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Hannah Bright, 21, a community worker and This Is Rigged co-founder said: ‘These blockades are about hope over fear.

‘I’m here to stand up for my own – for ordinary people in Scotland and all over the world who have been screwed over for far too long by the people in power.

‘I’m not going anywhere, even if that means I have to cement myself to a road.

‘We won’t be cowed by well-polished corporate BS, or police bullying. We’re here to stay. The only way to stop us is to meet our demands.’

Assistant Chief Constable Wendy Middleton from Police Scotland said: ‘A further four people have been arrested and charged with offences under section 68 of the Public Order Act and breach of the peace at the INEOS site in Grangemouth.

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‘They gathered in the area in the early hours of Saturday July 22 2023.

‘Decisions about how to police protests require us to balance complex and often competing rights and issues. We have a legal duty to protect the rights of people who wish to peacefully protest or counter-protest.

‘The guiding principles of policing protests are the safety of protesters, the public and police officers involved, preventing criminal behaviour or disorder, and de-escalating tensions.’

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