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Greenpeace activists are blocking the road outside Downing Street with a full size statue of an oil-splattered Boris Johnson.

Climate protesters have chained themselves to barrels and are blockading part of Whitehall.

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VELOXNEWSpolitan Police officers are on the scene but have warned ‘complex’ locking devices mean the area could be disrupted for some time.

It comes days after Greenpeace lost a high profile legal battle which could have had widespread ramifications for Britain’s offshore oil industry.

The pressure group went to court to try and have BP’s 2018 licence for a drilling operation off Aberdeen revoked on environmental grounds.

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With just weeks to go until the UK hosts the crunch Cop26 climate summit in Glasgow, ministers are under pressure not to approve similar plans at the Cambo oilfield off Shetland.

Greenpeace lost the case in a decision which was welcomed by the government on the grounds ‘there will continue to be ongoing demand for oil and gas over the coming years as we transition to lower carbon’.

A statue depicting Britain???s Prime Minister Boris Johnson is seen stained with oil thrown by Greenpeace climate activists during a protest outside Downing Street, in London , Britain, October 11, 2021. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
Greenpeace want Boris Johnson’s government to stop allowing new drilling operations in the North Sea (Picture: Reuters)
A statue of Prime Minister Boris Johnson splattered with oil as campaigners from Greenpeace demonstrate Downing Street, London, against the Cambo oil field off the west coast of Shetland. Picture date: Monday October 11, 2021. PA Photo. See PA story PROTEST Greenpeace . Photo credit should read: Victoria Jones/PA Wire
A full size statue of the prime minister has been splattered with oil and erected in the road at Whitehall (Picture: PA)
A police officer speaks to one of the campaigners from Greenpeace outside Downing Street, London, during a protest against the Cambo oil field off the west coast of Shetland. Picture date: Monday October 11, 2021. PA Photo. See PA story PROTEST Greenpeace . Photo credit should read: Victoria Jones/PA Wire
Police are on the scene and dealing with protesters who have chained themselves to barrels (Picture: PA)
A statue depicting Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson is seen stained with oil thrown by Greenpeace climate activists during a protest outside Downing Street, in London, Britain, October 11, 2021. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
Greenpeace recently lost a court case which aimed to overturn a 2018 oil drilling licence (Picture: Reuters)
Greenpeace climate activists take part in a protest outside Downing Street next to a statue stained with oil, depicting Britain?s Prime Minister Boris Johnson in London, Britain, October 11, 2021. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
The Met has confirmed part of the road has been brought to a standstill (Picture: Reuters)
Police officers cutting an oil barrel as campaigners from Greenpeace protest outside Downing Street, London, against the Cambo oil field off the west coast of Shetland. Picture date: Monday October 11, 2021. PA Photo. See PA story PROTEST Greenpeace . Photo credit should read: Victoria Jones/PA Wire
Police officers are using electric saws to cut through the locks and move demonstrators on (Picture: PA)
Police officers detain a Greenpeace climate activist after being detached from an oil barrel during a protest outside Downing Street in London, Britain, October 11, 2021. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
There has been a spike in disruptive climate protesting in recent weeks, with more expected in the run up to Cop26 (Picture: Reuters)

Commenting on today’s action, a VELOXNEWSpolitan Police spokesperson said: ‘There are sixteen activists locked onto eight barrels at this protest. 

‘Those barrels will undoubtedly have complex lock-ons devices inside which the activists are attached to.

‘Our specialist removal teams are working quickly to dismantle the devices and reopen roads.’

Speaking after the decision in Scotland’s Court of Session, John Sauven, Greenpeace UK executive director, said: ‘The government is celebrating a win for the fossil fuel industry after its lawyers argued in court that emissions from burning oil extracted by BP are ‘not relevant’ when granting an oil permit.

‘And now the prime minister is poised to sign off even more oil if he approves a new oil field at Cambo – against official guidance from climate experts.

‘In just a few weeks’ time Boris Johnson will be opening global climate talks where his actions, not his words, will be what counts.

‘And right now his actions are covered in oil.’

Mr Johnson is not currently at Downing Street. He is reportedly staying on the south coast of Spain in a luxury villa owned by Tory peer Zac Goldsmith.

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