GREENPEACE: Rainbow Warrior warned not to sail past Dumbarton upriver to COP26 protest at Finniston Quay
Traffic Scotland said the closure would be temporary and the bridge would be reopened “as soon as it’s safe to do so”, and that has now happened.
Four members of the Fridays For Future group from the most affected areas of the world are on board Greenpeace’s sailboat.
The vessel set off from Liverpool on Saturday night and is aiming to berth near to COP26, which is being held at the Scottish Exhibition Centre in Glasgow.
In a joint statement, the activists, who come from Namibia, Uganda, Mexico and Bangladesh, said: “The authorities have seen sense and now understand that our presence at the climate summit is too important to shut out.
“World leaders attending the talks could learn a lot from this cooperation. We have been ignored long enough, and now with a safe passage to Glasgow our voices must be heard at COP26.”
Assistant Chief Constable Gary Ritchie said: “The Rainbow Warrior is sailing towards the COP26 venue and the restricted area of the River Clyde at which time it will breach the regulations in place to ensure the security of COP26 and the safety of those in attendance.
“Harbour authorities had been in regular communication with the Rainbow Warrior and had instructed that, due to the restrictions and some significant safety concerns, it could not sail to its intended destination. Despite this, the captain of the Rainbow Warrior signalled her intent to continue.
“Accordingly, following consultation between police and harbour authorities, it was considered that the safest option for the crew of the Rainbow Warrior and wider public was to ensure the safe passage of the vessel to its destination.
“We are now engaging with Greenpeace and all relevant partners to ensure the safe passage of this vessel, its passengers and the wider public.”
Meanwhile, Greta Thunberg told a protest in Glasgow that change will not come from COP26 as she criticised the “blah blah blah” of world leaders.
The Swedish climate campaigner earlier spoke with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon in the COP26 ‘blue zone’.
Thunberg joined a rally organised by ‘Fridays for Future Glasgow’ at Festival Park in Govan where there were speeches made by people from parts of the world most impacted by the climate crisis.