Twenty-nine protesters have been arrested after Insulate Britain blocked access to the Port of Dover following a string of previous demonstrations on the M25 motorway.
Shortly after 8 a.m. on Friday, more than 40 protesters sat in the middle of the A20 in Kent, blocking two main routes in Europe’s busiest port.
Lorry drivers could be heard blowing their horns, while some motorists protested with activists as the two groups cut off access at the Eastern Docks roundabout and near the junction with Union Street for the Western Docks.
The Port of Dover said that traffic in and out of the site had resumed at 11.21 a.m. – however one lane of the A20 is blocked after two demonstrators boarded a tanker.
They are reportedly glued to the vehicle, draped in an Insulate Britain banner saying “I want my children to live”, and “arrested 4 times because I mourn life on earth”. .
Kent Police confirmed that 39 people were arrested on suspicion of causing a public nuisance and obstructing the highway following the demonstration.
Chief Superintendent Simon Thompson said: “We have not been affected by this disruption to the local community and traffic to and from the port and I would like to thank those adversely affected by this for their patience while we have restored the area. made secure.
“Kent Police is working with other forces, the CPS and allied agencies to gather evidence and ensure consequences for lawbreakers.”
The demonstration came after the Extinction Rebellion branch was threatened with imprisonment if activists returned to the M25 motorway, where they caused chaos five times in the past fortnight.
A spokesman for the group, which wants the government to insulate and retrofit homes across the UK to cut climate emissions, said: “We are blocking Dover this morning to highlight how fuel poverty is driving Dover and the entire world.” Killing people in Britain.
“We need a Churchillian response: We must tell the truth about the immediate magnitude of the climate emergency.
“Change at the required speed and scale requires economic disruption.
“We wish it wasn’t true, but it is.
“This is why the fuel protests of 2000 got a U-turn in policy and posed (Tony) Blair his biggest challenge as prime minister.”
Confirming the protest activity, the Port of Dover said the port remained open, but warned the public to check with ferry operators for updates and to allow extra time for their visit.
Doug Bannister, chief executive of the Port of Dover, said the port had “implemented its tried and tested resilience plans to deal with the impact of the protests”.
He added: “The port has consistently shown its ability to meet such challenges and today’s targeted activity once again shows the importance and symbolism of Dover as the important trade and tourism artery on which the UK can rely. continues.
“We are working with our customers and police officers to manage the situation and apologize to our community for any disruption caused by the situation we created.”
Kent Police confirmed that 17 arrests had been made following the protests.
A spokesman for the force said: “Kent Police are currently dealing with protest activity that is disrupting traffic in Dover.
“On Friday 24 September at around 8.20 am officials were called to report that a group of people were obstructing the road on Jubilee Way, another group was on Snargate Street at the junction with the A20 and a third smaller group was on the A20. was at the junction with Aycliffe.
“Officers are present and engaging with the persons involved and 17 people have been arrested. Snargate Street and the A20 are now clear at the junction with the Aycliffe sites.
“Kent Police is aware of the traffic disruption in the area and is working with partner agencies to reduce delays.”
The Port of Dover is Europe’s busiest ferry port, handling 17 percent of Britain’s freight trade.
It was used by an average of 6,200 road transport vehicles every day last year.
The interruption comes amid supply disruptions across the UK due to a shortage of lorry drivers.
Additional reporting by the Press Association
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