Extinction Rebellion announce plans to block Port of Dover

Similar protests will take place across the Channel

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Climate change activists are planning to blockade the Port of Dover this weekend to draw attention to their cause.

Extinction Rebellion members have announced plans to block two of the port's primary exit roads for four hours on Saturday.

The 'No food on a dying planet' protest will be mirrored by French Extinction Rebellion activists across the Channel.

The aim is to highlight “the real and growing threat of food shortages, hunger and starvation” due to climate change.

Chris Atkins from Extinction Rebellion Dover said: "This crisis may seem far away now but given the dependency of the UK on food imports we are extremely vulnerable."

The environmentalist group said that while it “appreciates the blockade will directly affect ordinary people and business,” it feels the move is “necessary in order to call the government to action”.

"The government must tell the truth and act now," Mr Atkins added.

The Port of Dover said it is aware of the planned protest and is working with police to minimise disruption.

Five million vehicles and almost 12 million passengers pass through Dover every year, making it one of the busiest ports in Europe.

Extinction Rebellion said the “peaceful” demonstration “will not cause any disruption to vital supplies” such as medicine.

The protest will run from 11am to 3pm on September 21, and will be accompanied by a “family-friendly celebration” on the Dover promenade.

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