By Sophie Squire
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Extinction Rebellion is right to target oil refineries

The climate group plans to take on the oil bosses ahead of their lastest rebellion on 9 April
Issue 2796
Extinction Rebellion on the streets

Extinction Rebellion in the financial district last year

Climate campaigners Extinction Rebellion (XR) plan to block oil refineries to “stop the harm at the source” next month. Alongside the Just Stop Oil group, which blockaded the glitzy Bafta awards last Sunday, XR will use non-violent direct action tactics to stop the flow of fossil fuels.  In a statement the group made explicit the link between the war in Ukraine and the climate crisis. 

A member of the Plan B legal action group that plan to join the blockades, said, “The Ukraine conflict and the climate crisis have the same underlying cause—the imperialist pursuit of land and resources for profit, concentrating power in the hands of toxic individuals and corporations.” 

XR is right to draw links between imperialism and climate change, and it is right to target the fossil fuel infrastructure that is driving us to disaster. Socialists must be ready to stand with XR if it comes under attack from the state and the media. A mass movement against the fossil fuel industry has the power to shut it down for good. 

Calling on oil refinery workers to join them on the blockades, and defending their interests in better, greener jobs will make protests more powerful.  The action comes as XR prepares for its latest rebellion— to end fossil fuel investments. It is set to begin on Saturday 9 April and the group says it will be “disruptive and impossible to ignore.”

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