AMSTERDAM — Local weather activists blocked a part of the primary freeway round Amsterdam close to the previous headquarters of ING financial institution on Saturday to protest its financing of fossil fuels.
Amsterdam Municipality mentioned in a message on X, previously Twitter, that visitors authorities closed a part of the highway and diverted visitors “to forestall a life-threatening state of affairs.”
Lots of of activists walked onto the highway within the newest highway blockade organized by the Dutch department of Extinction Riot. Earlier this yr, the activist group repeatedly blocked a freeway main into The Hague.
A few of Saturday’s protesters walked alongside the closed A10 freeway carrying a banner emblazoned with the phrases “Change or die” as two police vans drove slowly behind them.
One other particular person carried a handwritten banner that mentioned: “ING get out of oil and gasoline now!”
The protest got here regardless of ING asserting earlier this month that it’s accelerating its strikes to part out loans for fossil gasoline exploration.
ING made its announcement every week after practically 200 international locations on the COP28 local weather assembly in Dubai agreed to maneuver away from planet-warming fossil fuels in a doc that critics mentioned contained important loopholes.
Extinction Riot spokesperson Let de Jong mentioned the phase-out plan was not quick sufficient.
“We demand that ING instantly stops all fossil gasoline financing,” De Jong mentioned in a press release forward of the protest. “Daily, persons are dying all over the world due to the local weather and ecological disaster. That has to cease.”
At previous protests, in The Hague, police used a water cannon to drive activists off the highway and arrested a whole bunch of individuals.