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XR protesters occupied Shell’s London headquarters in 2019

The climate protest group Extinction Rebellion (XR) has announced that it is moving away from disruptive protests which have seen its members occupy petrol forecourts and Shell’s headquarters.

In a statement the group said: “As we ring in the new year, we make a controversial resolution to temporarily shift away from public disruption as a primary tactic.”

The group said it wanted to widen its support, adding: “This year, we prioritise attendance over arrest and relationships over roadblocks, as we stand together and become impossible to ignore.”

In 2019 XR members occupied Shell’s London headquarters and they have previously blockaded refineries and held protests at petrol forecourts, but recently more radical groups have taken the lead.

This year Just Stop Oil has stepped up action with protests at refineries, smashing up pumps at motorway services and blocking motorways.

During the year 138 of its members have been jailed with 12 currently in prison and the group has indicated it will keep up its action.