Rescue employees scaled the 82-foot roof of the Cannes Lions Pageant‘s iconic Palais in a determined try and get dozens of decided Greenpeace protesters again on the bottom as shocked festivalgoers seemed on on the chaotic scenes unfolding in entrance of them.
The environmental group’s activists triggered main disruption to the occasion on Thursday in fierce protest of the promoting trade’s partnership with oil and gasoline giants.
Protesters pulled out all of the stops for his or her greatest stunt but by storming the long-lasting Palais des Festivals — positioned within the coronary heart of the competition — with placards studying, “Ban fossil gas promoting.”
The demonstration introduced the encompassing space to a halt as shocked festivalgoers watched the group block close by roads for the stunt. No accidents have been reported. It’s unknown how lengthy the stunt dragged on.
Dozens of activists later scaled an extending ladder hooked as much as a hearth truck in a determined bid to get to the roof of the Palais.
Two protesters on the roof held up a big sign up reference to a well-liked meme, studying, “This Is Effective.”
Climbers additionally hung a banner that learn, “Fossil advertisements are burning the planet.”
Again on the bottom, activists referred to as for a ban on fossil gas promoting as they tried to seize the eye of prime media execs in hopes of them slicing ties with the fossil gas trade.
“The fossil gas trade makes use of promoting and sponsorship to scrub up its picture, delay local weather motion, and safe political entry,” Greenpeace European Unit Campaigner, Silvia Pastorelli, mentioned in an announcement.
“After we see shiny billboards of the most recent electrical vehicles, what we don’t see is an trade that’s solely involved in increasing and persevering with to drill for oil, till the final drop is out, till we don’t have a planet the place to be inventive.”
A Greenpeace France activist, and former recipient of the Cannes Lions award, Gustav Martner, staged a high-profile demonstration in the course of the competition’s opening ceremony on Monday.
Protesting the trade’s frequent use of fossil fuels, he dramatically interrupted the opening ceremony to return a prize he beforehand gained on the occasion.
Whereas up on stage, he unfolded a banner that learn, “No awards on a useless planet, Ban Fossil Adverts!”
The Submit reached out to Greenpeace for additional remark.
Final month, round 250 Greenpeace activists blocked the doorway to a constructing belonging to TotalEnergies, the place their annual assembly was held. The transfer resulted in lots of shareholders being unable to attend.
The stunt got here scorching on the heels of one more protest final month, the place Ukrainian environmental activists gathered within the capital Kyiv to protest European cost for Russian fossil fuels as a part of the “#EndFossilsandWars!” marketing campaign.