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Greenpeace holds protest at Belgian GP

Screen Shot 2013-08-25 at 16.08.10Greenpeace activists attempted to disrupt the build-up to the Belgian Grand Prix after unfolding a large banner on the main start-finish grandstand.

After two para-gliders flew over the circuit trailing a banner protesting against race sponsor Shell’s Arctic drilling plans, four activists from Greenpeace Belgium scaled the roof of the main grandstand in the hour before the start.

As local police struggled to find a way of stopping the protest, the protestors unfolded a 20-metre long banner that read: “Arctic oil? Shell no!”

In a statement issued following the protest, Greenpeace international executive director Kumi Naidoo said: “I was a fan of Grand Prix racing when I was growing up, but I am not a fan of what Shell is doing in the Arctic.

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