The largest oil and gas companies around the world have decided to meet in Pau from April 5 to 7, less than 4 months after the COP21. There goal is to increase the exploration and exploitation of hydrocarbons in the sea. "Forever further, ever deeper and in conditions more extreme is a crime against the Oceans", denounced climate protection organizations. The coalistion of community, environmental and climate organisations announced they would block the holding of this strategic summit, using non-violent actions and mobilizations. The protests were preceded by a climate action camp, Camp Siren.
French climate resistance to #StopMCEDD deepwater oil conference
8th April 2016
About 500 climate activists have blockaded and disrupted the first day of the conference.
Yes, teargas was used indiscriminately against non-violent protesters.
Two activists infiltrated the conference and locked themselves to plenary chairs, before being cut free and excorted out by a large number of riot police.
In the late afternoon about 600 people formed a human chain around Palais Beamont, with music and street theatre. This was followed by a concert in Beaumont Park with light projections on the conference venue.
Climate activists lock on to Hotel gates, preventing police and oil executives leaving for the MCE Deepwater conference in Pau...
Waking up the conference attendees in the Hotel Navarre. It is a climate emergency after all....2 groups of @AnvCop21 activists entered in the Beaumont hotel at 2 and 4 o'clock to wake up #STOPMCEDD delegates. Anne Sophie Trujillo put it nicely: #STOPMCEDD is "I will go after your dreams" or I'm your nightmare.
Meanwhile activists lock on round delegate vehicles
lie in the road, storm the venue site to blockade entrances including locking-down the car park, and handcuff themselves to delegates' bags!
Before the blockade
"Four months after the COP21, an international summit, named MCE Deepwater Development (MCEDD) will meet at Pau of 5 to 7 April multinational oil companies and offshore operators to "succeed a significant decrease in costs to the industry operating in deep sea to remain competitive."France Nature Environnment is strongly opposed to the holding of the summit of the energies of polluting and destructive past that does not also pay their "true price" and denounces the industrial provocation months after the Paris agreement on climate."