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“Who Voted for This?”: Protesters Reject U.K. Prime Minister’s Call to Lift Fracking Ban

HeadlineOct 06, 2022

In the United Kingdom, newly minted Conservative Prime Minister Liz Truss faced protests Wednesday as she defended her proposals to cut taxes for the wealthy while expanding fossil fuel production. Truss was speaking at the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham when a pair of Greenpeace campaigners stood up and unveiled a banner reading, “Who voted for this?” The pair had their sign snatched away and were escorted from the conference hall as Conservative Party members booed them. Greenpeace’s Rebecca Newsom said after the protest that Truss should cancel plans to reverse a ban on fracking imposed by Conservatives in 2019.

Rebecca Newsom: “Nobody voted for fracking. Nobody voted to cut benefits. Nobody voted to trash nature. Nobody voted to scrap workers’ rights. There’s a whole host of things that the Conservative government were elected to do in 2019 that they are simply not doing.”

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