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May 25, 2019

Cops cuff 13 fossil-fuel protesters occupying National Museum of Scotland

March 14, 2019
Inside the National Museum of Scotland, 13 protesters were arrested for staging an anti-fossil fuel protest. (Jane Barlow/PA Wire)

Thirteen members of a Scottish environmental activism group decrying the celebration of the oil and natural gas industry were arrested Friday for staging a sit-in at an Edinburgh gala for a fossil-fuel company.

The Extinction Rebellion Scotland demonstrators staged their public dissent at the stately National Museum of Scotland, which was hosting nearly 900 Scottish Oil Club guests.

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Cops were called to remove the protesters after taking over the main hall in an attempt to compel the dinner’s cancellation, reported the BBC.

Several demonstrators reportedly chained themselves to an interior railing while other members perched on a balcony lowered a banner.

“Officers in Edinburgh were deployed to a preplanned protest at the National Museum of Scotland,” stated a Police Scotland spokesperson. “At close of normal business, some protesters refused to leave the main building.”

Extinction Rebellion Scotland, which demands that carbon emissions be reduced to zero by 2025 and the government be truthful about climate change and ecological emergencies, claimed it was holding a “peaceful people’s assembly focusing on the damage done to the world by the fossil-fuel industry.”

“Following a period of negotiation, police provided a proportionate response to the protest and 13 people, a mix of men and women, have been arrested,” said a police spokesperson.

A statement from the group said hundreds of protesters remained outside while the those in the museum left, delaying the dinner by about 30 minutes.

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