Moment screaming protesters barge into UK Oil and Gas AGM

Moment screaming protesters barge into UK Oil and Gas shareholder meeting before being tackled to the ground and thrown out of the room

  • Police were called to the company’s HQ in Primrose Street, east London today
  • Around 20 activists armed with placards demanded an end to fossil fuels
  • Demonstrators filmed being dragged and pushed out of the building by staff

This is the moment screaming protesters stormed into the offices of an energy company today, before they were tackled to the ground and thrown out of the room.

Police were called to a building in Primrose Street, east London, this morning after around 20 activists, armed with placards, interrupted UK Oil & Gas’ (UKOG) Annual General Meeting.

They demanded an end to fossil fuels, telling bosses: ‘You are part of the climate crisis, you are killing people and our planet. We are here to stop you. ‘

UKOG is a small oil and gas corporation that has controversial plans to expand its drilling across the south of England.

This month, the government granted the company a license to drill for oil near the village of Dunsfold in Surrey – despite the protestations of the local council, which described it as’ the worst possible outcome ‘, warning that the drilling could lead to’ irreversible harm ‘to the environment.

Footage shows a man dragging a man out of the shareholder meeting and pushing a woman towards the exit, as onlookers suggested protesters were being ‘assaulted’.

Police were called to a building in Primrose Street, east London, this morning after around 20 activists, armed with placards, interrupted UK Oil & Gas' (UKOG) Annual General Meeting

Police were called to a building in Primrose Street, east London, this morning after around 20 activists, armed with placards, interrupted UK Oil & Gas’ (UKOG) Annual General Meeting

Footage shows a man dragging a man out of the shareholder meeting and pushing a woman towards the exit, as onlookers suggested protesters were being 'assaulted'

Footage shows a man dragging a man out of the shareholder meeting and pushing a woman towards the exit, as onlookers suggested protesters were being ‘assaulted’

They demanded an end to fossil fuels, telling bosses: 'You are part of the climate crisis, you are killing people and our planet.  We are here to stop you '

They demanded an end to fossil fuels, telling bosses: ‘You are part of the climate crisis, you are killing people and our planet. We are here to stop you ‘

Joanna Warrington, a spokeswoman for Fossil Free London, which organized today’s protest, said: ‘The science is very clear: we have to end coal, oil and gas to have a shot at a safe and liveable future… But apparently this government and UKOG didn’t get the memo.

‘The UK government should be investing in clean, home-grown renewable energy, and home insulation for our draughty homes. This would tackle the climate crisis and reduce people’s soaring energy bills.

‘But instead, this government gives corporations like UKOG free rein to impose their devastating oil and gas drilling sites.

‘These go against the wishes of local communities and disrupt the global life support systems we all depend on, recklessly endangering lives all over the world.

‘It’s time we held this company, and the whole destructive industry, to account. Their meetings and dirty business model of expansion at any human cost cannot carry on undisrupted. ‘

Chief Inspector Mitch Carr, from the City of London Police, said: ‘Officers attended protest activity this morning (Tuesday 28 June 2022) outside the Broadgate Tower, Primrose Street.

‘Officers engaged with the group to minimize disruption. The protesters have now dispersed. ‘

UKOG has been approached for comment.

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