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Wimbledon protesters arrested after delaying play with climate change demonstration during men’s singles match

Two protesters briefly halted play during a men’s singles first-round match at Wimbledon on Wednesday after storming onto the grass court, dispersing confetti and jigsaw pieces in the process. 

Wimbledon organizers released a statement Wednesday announcing that two Just Stop Oil protesters were arrested and charged with suspicion of aggravated trespass and criminal damage following a demonstration on Court 18. 

Protester arrested by security at Wimbledon

Just Stop Oil protesters are detained by police after throwing orange confetti on court 18 on day three of the 2023 Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in London Wednesday, July 5, 2023. (Jonathan Veal/PA Images via Getty Images)

The group released a statement as well, sharing a video of the moment and the purpose behind the demonstration. 

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The statement continued, “The @Wimbledon Championships are currently under fire after signing a sponsorship deal with @Barclays, who have given £30 billion to oil and gas companies, including @exxonmobil, @Shell and @TotalEnergies, in the last two years.”

The match was briefly delayed because of the interruption and again due to the weather. 

Protester arrested by security at Wimbledon

Security attempt to clear the court after protesters interrupted the Men’s Singles first round match between Sho Shimabukuro of Japan and Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria during day three of The Championships Wimbledon 2023 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 5, 2023 in London. (Shi Tang/Getty Images)

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