Protesters chant ‘Shell must fall’ at oil major’s meeting

THE HAGUE (Reuters) – Dozens of demonstrators chanting “Shell must fall” accumulated on Tuesday beyond the oil giant’s headquarters at the Netherlands, in which a digital yearly shareholders’ meeting was penalized.

A banner is envisioned during a demonstration out the Shell headquarters, since the spread of this coronavirus disorder (COVID-19) continues, in The Hague, Netherlands, May 19, 2020. REUTERS/Piroschka van de Wouw

Roughly 30 activists from environmental groups Greenpeace, Extinction Rebellion and Code Red danced and danced in demonstration at that the Hague offices of Royal Dutch Shell ( RDSa.L ).

Hundreds of all activists had signed up to attendbut Dutch police granted no more than 30 because of coronavirus distancing measures.

During the shareholders’ meeting, a few big investors were expected to press the firm for more tangible actions to reduce its ecological footprint and fulfill with the Paris climate objectives.

Dozens much more protesters, most wearing face masks to stop the spread of COVID-19, shown outside the local national parliament building and town hall.

A dinosaur made of oil drums has been built outside Shell’s headquarters and protesters held banners that read “fossil energies belong in museums” and “climate change final call: Shell must fall.”

Greenpeace called for an end to investments in fossil fuel.

“Shell and its investors must now take responsibility. Shell has earned billions from oil exploitation, now these dirty investments must come to an end,” stated Greenpeace biologist Helena Spiritus.

Code Red said its members had completed protests in towns around the Netherlands and in Belgium, Germany along with also the Czech Republic. Media reports stated a couple Shell gas stations were obstructed at the morning to stop clients from purchasing gasoline.

Shell has vowed to bring its carbon footprint by 65%. Intensity goals mean that complete emissions may rise with increasing generation.

None of those large oil businesses now fulfills U.N. aims to limit global warming despite challenging targets set by Shell and Eni (ENI.MI), based on this Transition Pathway Initiative, which signifies investors managing 19 billion. )

Reporting by Piroschka van de Wou; Writng by Anthony Deutsch; Editing by Giles Elgood

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