Greenpeace activists block access to a Russian oil refinery in Germany

AP , Tuesday 15 Mar 2022

Activists from the environmental group Greenpeace have blocked access to a Russian-owned oil refinery in Germany in protest of the war in Ukraine.

Activists from Greenpeace block
Early this morning, activists from Greenpeace block a rail track leading to the oil refinery in Schwedt, Germany, Tuesday, March 15, 2022. AP

Dozens of activists attached themselves to railroad tracks at the PCK refinery Schwedt, northeast of Berlin, early Tuesday to stop the transport of oil they said originates from western Siberia.

The activists carried banners reading “Peace Not Oil” — a reference to Germany’s continued import of fossil fuels from Russia despite the Russian attack on Ukraine.

The refinery is estimated to account for 90% of the gasoline consumed in Berlin and the surrounding region of Brandenburg.

PCK is majority-owned by Russian oil giant Rosneft.

The German government has pledged to wean itself off Russian coal and oil by the end of the year.

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