LONDON: Anti-fracking protesters attempted to block the doors of Bell Pottinger in London on Monday over its work for energy company Cuadrilla.
The protesters claimed to be from the Reclaim the Power protest camp in Balcombe, England, where Cuadrilla has conducted exploratory drilling for oil.
Cuadrilla is not using the controversial technique known as fracking at Balcombe, but has used it at other sites. The fracking opponents have focused their protest in Balcombe to mobilize opposition to the practice.
Six people were understood to be involved in the attempt to block the office's doors, with some supergluing themselves to the main door of Bell Pottinger's office in London's Holborn, as well as using reinforced arm tubes to bar access.
A spokesman for the protesters said there were eight police officers in attendance, and the police warned them that they were acting unlawfully in blocking access to the building.
The protesters said they were “blockading” the building “in the hope that for one day at least Bell Pottinger won't be able to mislead the British public about fracking.”
A Bell Pottinger source rejected the claim it was misleading the British public.
The protest appeared to have not succeeded in preventing staffers from reaching their desks.
Two Bell Pottinger sources and sources at two other PR agencies in the same building, FTI Consulting and Good Relations Group, said employees accessed the Holborn office building this morning through another entrance.
“We are going about our business as usual,” said a Bell Pottinger spokesman.
Earlier this morning, an activist climbed a structure above the main door and unfurled a banner reading, “Bell Pottinger – fracking liars.” The spokesman said the banner remained in place as of midday UK time.This story originally appeared on the website of PRWeek UK.