Traffic around England's Port of Dover disrupted by protest

Members of Extinction Rebellion climate protester group occupy one side of a dual carriageway at the Port of Dover, Dover, England. Saturday Sept. 21, 2019. Two lanes at the busy Kent port have been fenced off and taken over by the environmental activists amid a heavy police presence. (Michael Drummond/PA via AP)(/PA via AP)

LONDON — Traffic around the Port of Dover, England's major sea connection with France, has been disrupted as a result of a protest by environmental activists.

Activists from Extinction Rebellion said their protest around the port is intended to "highlight the vulnerability of the U.K.'s food supply in the face of the ecological and climate emergency."

The four-hour protest was given the go-ahead by local authorities within certain limits and Extinction Rebellion insisted it would "not cause any disruption to vital supplies," such as medicines.

Highways England urged travelers in a tweet to be aware of disruptions.

Protesters also hung giant banners showing the Extinction Rebellion "XR" emblem from Dover Castle and the town's iconic white cliffs.

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