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Climate change protest disrupts FMQs at Holyrood

Climate change protesters today disrupted First Ministers Questions at Holyrood as Nicola Sturgeon clashed with other party leaders.

A group of five campaigners from the Extinction Rebellion organisation draped a green banner from the public gallery, calling for zero carbon emissions, as Tory Deputy leader jackson Carlaw quizzed Ms Sturgeon at the start of the session.

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The group were then led away voluntarily by security staff as Presiding Officer Ken Macintosh suspended proceedings.

A spokesperson from from the campaign said afterwards: “Extinction Rebellion Scotland did not wish to undermine other concerns raised by MSPs, but to highlight the climate crisis as this is not sufficiently dealt with despite its pressing importance.”

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The group recently staged a “sit-in” at Holyroood and has organised climate protests across Scotland.

Mr Carlaw said afterwards: “If we’re not to be a fortress, Presiding Officer, we have to be prepared to accept the demonstrations and the democratic right they have to that.”

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