Fifteen arrests were made after climate protesters traveled to London as part of a day of action to raise awareness of multiple company involvement in the oil industry.
Extinction Rebellion South East participated in the coordinated action that sprayed fake oil on a number of corporations, think tanks and government agencies.
The protest comes as climate protection groups like XR and Just Stop Oil have ramped up efforts to try to force government and companies to consider the planet to protect its future.
Fifteen arrests were made by the Metropolitan Police, all for criminal damage.
Lindsay Parkin, one of the arrested Brighton protesters, told the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: “This is an intervention.
“We cannot afford to burn and we cannot afford the consequences for ourselves, our planet and the rest of humanity while this continues.
“We will not allow this action of renewing investments in exploration and burning of fossil fuels to continue unchallenged.
“We will continue to point this out as loudly and as often as possible in the reasonable hope and expectation that a government whose primary responsibility is to protect the lives of its citizens will begin to do so, rather than adopt a disastrous policy of restraint, Oil appeasement, climate cowardice.”
Another person was also arrested outside the Ministry of Economy, Energy and Industrial Strategy.
XR Southeast’s day of action, in collaboration with other groups, targeted the offices of 13 companies.
Companies including BP, BAE and JP Morgan sprayed fake oil on their offices as protesters stood outside to raise awareness of the problem of fossil fuel use.
Handprints were left in fake oil and blood in the offices.
Other organizations affected include the Church of England, the think tank Institute for Economic Affairs and the International Maritime Organization.
Banners waved in front of BP offices accused the oil giants of “putting big profits before people, before planet”.
Activists came to the business premises simultaneously at 11 a.m. on Monday.
Extinction Rebellion targeted the companies to urge them to sever their ties with the fossil fuel industry.
The protest followed one at Barclays in Brighton last week when activists chained themselves to the front of the building on North Street.
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