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Protesters clash with police at Coryton refinery
9:20am Tuesday 26th June 2012 in Basildon
PROTESTERS clashed with police during a demonstration against the closure of the Coryton oil refinery.
Scuffles broke out yesterday afternoon as workers and their supporters blocked the gates of the Vopak terminal in Purfleet yesterday afternoon.
Protesters said police had given them permission to stand outside the gates for a photo opportunity.
But the mood changed when police waded in to move the demonstrators when queues of lorries waiting to get into the site began to build up.
The protest follows last week’s public meeting when Coryton workers vowed to step up protests against the closure of the oil refinery off the Manorway in Stanford-le-Hope with the loss of some 850 jobs.
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