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Extinction Rebellion hit Edinburgh to wreak havoc over lavish oil company dinner

On Friday, Extinction Rebellion protesters targeted an energy dinner in Edinburgh amid a dispute over North Sea oil.

Climate campaigners blocked the door to the EICC in the town center as the venue hosted guests from the Scottish Energy Forum.

Scheduled to host the company’s annual dinner, a number of people could be seen waiting to enter the dinner as the group interrupted the proceedings.

There to protest the expansion of oil and gas in the North Sea, the group brought a selection of banners – which appeared to read ‘No dinner for killers’ and ‘No future in fossil fuels’.

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Standing behind metal barriers, the group also shouted chants and played music in order to disrupt dinner around 7:15 p.m.

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Joined by Stop Cambo activists, protesters claimed the SEF was pushing to expand North Sea oil and gas production.

Alex Cochrane, an activist with Extinction Rebellion Scotland, said: “Fossil fuel executives are openly celebrating their record profits rather than acting urgently to change their abysmal business model.

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“The expansion of oil and gas production in the North Sea is a colossal failure of global leadership from the UK Government which only months ago claimed climate leadership as host of the United Nations Summit Climate Conference COP26 They are not acting and it is the people who are suffering, especially in the global south.