Greenpeace activists board ship carrying thousands of Volkswagen diesel cars

Greenpeace activists board ship carrying thousands of Volkswagen diesel cars

Greenpeace activists have boarded a ship (Stock image)

Thursday, September 21, 2017

A ship on the Thames Estuary carrying Volkswagen diesel cars has been boarded by Greenpeace activists in kayaks and boats.

Roughly 40 Greenpeace activists broke into Sheerness Port, Kent by climbing over fences at around 8:30am this morning (September 21).

They are now also holding up a large poster of a child with a gas mask on alongside the slogan "Ditch Diesel." The group claims it will not leave the ship until the cars are taken back to Germany.

Reports claim there are thousands of cars on board the ship which was travelling to the UK, according to RT.

Greenpeace have released a statement which said that its volunteers are "attempting to immobilise all of the VW diesel cars by removing the keys."

“They are also lifting the bonnets and labelling the engines with messages from 8,000 people, including many car owners, calling on VW to ditch diesel.”

Police officers are currently at the scene.

Tens of thousands of Volkswagen cars are imported to the UK each year but the group is calling for Volkswagen to end its production of diesel cars within two years.

Activist Bo Ruan has claimed: “Unless we ditch diesel, we could end up with a whole generation of children with damaged lungs.”

A volunteer also told The Sun “we’re here to block VW imports on behalf of all of the children who are the most acutely affected by the health impacts of diesel fumes.”

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