Protesters tried to block shareholders’ entrance – Tear gas and pepper spray by police
Blood flared in France today as activists rallied outside the headquarters of oil giant TotalEnergies in Paris, where the general meeting of shareholders is being held today.
Climate activists chanted slogans such as “all we want is to knock Total down” and “one, two and three degrees (of temperature rise), thank you Total”.
#UPDATE Paris police on Friday fired tear gas to disperse climate protesters trying to block an annual general meeting of French oil giant TotalEnergies.
Dozens of protesters had converged around the Salle Pleyel venue since dawn. They chanted slogans such as “All we want is to… pic.twitter.com/GBAbr76Ot1
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Hundreds of protesters – including Greenpeace activists – attempted to block the entrance to the building and prevent the shareholders from passing through.
“Je m’en fous de votre planète!” Bousculades, invectives… Friday 26 May, the blockade by activists of the General Assembly of #Total à Paris a provocateur de vives tensions, nomentamente entre certains actionnaires et des militant ecologists. pic.twitter.com/N0JpsenHWa
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The police pushed them back and violent clashes soon broke out, with tear gas and pepper spray being used against the protesters.
⚡️Climate activists in Paris blocked the entrance to the building where the TotalEnergies shareholder convention is to be held, the police used tear gas.
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