Climate activists protest at British oil refinery

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Hundreds of demonstrators blockaded the road to a British oil refinery on Saturday in a peaceful protest against climate change, police and organisers said.

The demonstration started when 12 women handcuffed themselves to vehicles parked on the access road to the Coryton oil refinery in Essex, east of London, but hundreds of others later joined in.

They remained for more than seven hours before they decided to leave, said a spokeswoman for the organisers, a group called Crude Awakening. The demo was also backed by several other climate campaign groups.

There were minor scuffles between police officers and activists but police described it as a "peaceful protest", adding that there were no arrests.

Coryton refinery, which the protest organisers said is Britain's busiest oil depot, is owned by Swiss group Petroplus.

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