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Protesters protest at Ineos in Grangemouth after claiming the company asked for a £ 500million bailout due to losses during the coronavirus

They plan to spend the day tied to boats blocking access to the chemical manufacturer at the Bo’ness Road gate and on Inchyra Road, outside the company’s main office

Activists were pictured carrying banners and placards saying « The future you fear is already here » and « government funded ecocide » from around 6 am Friday

Mark, 46, a social worker from Glasgow attending the protest said: ‘I am here today as an ordinary citizen with Extinction Rebellion Scotland to highlight that Ineos is the biggest polluter in Scotland at the origin of climate change

« Controversial fracked gas is being imported from the US to be turned into plastic here in Grangemouth, and Ineos recently asked for a £ 500million bailout of taxpayer money because of the losses they claim Covid restrictions have caused « 

Meg Peyton Jones, from Edinburgh, said: “It’s ten years after Scotland’s first climate law, and yet factories like Grangemouth are still expanding

« We cannot trust the big oil companies to prioritize the planet and the long-term well-being of their workers or the general population over extracting the last drop of oil. North Sea oil and gas no matter how hard they try to distract us with greenwash on renewables

« The government, the big oil companies and the big financials have promised for decades to reduce our climate destruction, while continuing to profit from it. We cannot continue to believe that they will solve this crisis that they created for their own profit: we need a people-led, worker-led, made-for-the-people,-by-the-people solution – not for profit by profiteers »

A spokeswoman said the protest was part of the Make the Connections group’s campaign that was set up to « highlight the collusion between government, fossil fuels and finance to keep business as usually in the face of a catastrophic climate crisis »

In May this year, The Times reported that Ineos had called for a government emergency fund of up to £ 500million

INEOS, oil refinery, Grangemouth, Scotland, protest

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