Greenpeace activist dressed as polar bear arrested at petrol station protest
OK, it looked guilty of making a silly gesture behind the back of an officer filming the crime scene.
And later its exasperated expression did seem to make a female officer laugh without due care and attention.
But as the crestfallen creature was handcuffed and dragged away to a waiting panda car by four officers, it� looked in a rather bad way. But one thing’s for sure – the costumed campaigner had certainly made its point.
The activists cordoned off scores of Shell forecourts and used emergency shut-off switches to stop fuel from getting to the pumps. They claimed they had ‘closed down’ 71 petrol stations – well on the way to its target of 100 – but Shell later said it was 30. A total of 25 arrests were also made in London and Edinburgh, where the bear had its collar felt.
The incident occurred at a Shell petrol station on Dalry Road, Edinburgh, Scotland (Picture: Scott Taylor Universal News And Sport)
A Shell spokesman said: ‘We recognise that certain organisations are opposed to our exploration programme off Alaska. We also respect the right of individuals and organisations to engage in a free and frank exchange of views about our operations.
‘Recognising the right of individuals to express their point of view, we only ask they do so with their safety and the safety of others in mind.
‘Shell has met with numerous organisations who oppose drilling offshore Alaska.
‘We respect their views and value the dialogue. We have extended this same offer for productive dialogue to Greenpeace.’
A Save The Arctic campaign was last week launched by Greenpeace which calls for the creation of a sanctuary to save endangered animals such as the polar bear.
The charity fears that any oil exploration in the area will threaten the ‘fragile and beautiful Arctic’.
It also claims that future oil spills would be ‘catastrophic’ for the region and creatures that live there.