Now 200 Just Stop Oil protesters spill into London streets and spread over 14 locations to disrupt traffic
Nearly 200 protesters have spilled into streets of London this morning as Just Stop Oil vows as ‘escalation of resistance’.
The climate change group is marching across 14 locations in the capital today during the morning rush-hour in hopes of disrupting traffic and crucial road networks. They allege that at least 15 demonstrators have already been arrested.
The eco-zealots have pledged to ‘paralyse London’ over the coming weeks with slow-marching columns ten times bigger than any previous marches, to force the ‘murderous Government’ – as they refer to it – to scrap new domestic oil and gas licenses.
Their controversial methods have long divided opinion as their protests cause major disruptions to the public by gluing themselves down to roads and airport runways.
Most recently, the group have been in the spotlight for halting play at Wimbledon and during a test match of The Ashes by throwing orange confetti. Protesters interrupted a live recording of the Channel 4 programme The Last Leg on Friday.
Nearly 200 protesters have spilled into streets of London this morning as Just Stop Oil vows as ‘escalation of resistance’. Demonstrators are pictured in the Strand
Ben, 36, was among those arrested this morning. He said: ‘I am being arrested unlawfully for marching in the road to highlight the impact of the climate change crisis and how this government is refusing to take relevant action to protect its citizens’
Just Stop Oil says that 12 demonstrators have already been arrested this morning. A senior officer is seen taking a protester into custody today
The eco-zealots have pledged to ‘paralyse London’ over the coming weeks with slow-marching columns ten times bigger than any previous marches. Demonstrators are pictured in Bishopsgate, City of London this morning
The protesters want to force the ‘murderous Government ‘ – as they refer to it – to scrap new domestic oil and gas licenses. Demonstrators are seen marching in Bishopsgate, City of London this morning
Ben, 36, was among the Just Stop Oil (JSO) demonstrators arrested this morning.
In a video shared online, the activist said: ‘I am being arrested unlawfully for marching in the road to highlight the impact of the climate change crisis and how this government is refusing to take relevant action to protect its citizens.’
He said the Government issuing new oil and gas licences is a ‘major impact’ to citizens and is ‘genocidal’.
‘The Government is leading to the destruction of habitats, of homes and millions of people’s lives,’ he added, before encouraging others to join the organisation’s protests.
Frances Davis, 20, from Norwich, was also taken into custody today this morning. She claims her arrest came less than 15 minutes after she started marching.
‘I’m under arrest for demanding the same thing as the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change), the United Nations and the government’s own scientific advisors have been demanding- and we’ve just been ignored,’ she said.
‘We’ve tried everything else and now I’m in handcuffs, just for going on a march.’
JSO, in what it describes as an ‘escalation of resistance from previous weeks’, descended on the capital around 8am today in 14 groups.
Protesters, in groups as small as five and large as 25, marched along key roads in central London as they carried placards reading ‘new oil = murder’, ‘ hottest June ever’ and ‘can’t eat oil’.
The eco-zealots allege they were followed by police ‘before marches began’ and that officers ban issuing Public Order Act (Section 12) notices just minutes after the first demonstration set off.
Offices stopped and searched dozens of protesters, the group claims.
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