Insulate Britain block A40 at Gypsy Corner

Insulate Britain protestors blocked the A40 at Gypsy Corner this morning (Wednesday, 27 October), which created massive traffic jams and led to the arrest of 17 activists.

Protestors blocked the road westbound in North Acton by sitting in the road, with some super-gluing themselves to the tarmac.

Insulate Britain had earlier warned drivers to avoid the M25 or reduce their speed to 20mph because it planned to make it “a site of nonviolent civil resistance to stop our government committing crimes against humanity”

The Metropolitan Police issued a statement on the protest via Twitter, saying:

‘The Met is on scene at an Insulate Britain protest blocking the A40 junction with Gypsy Lane in North Acton. 17 activists have been arrested, six of whom have locked themselves to the ground in order to frustrate our response. Specialist units are on scene to unglue them.’

By 11.42 am The Met said traffic was now flowing normally and thanked motorists for their patience.

This is the fifteenth time the group has blocked roads in the last six weeks. It is the second time they have protested on the A40 after stopping traffic near the Hanger Lane Gyratory on 8 October.

Image above: Insulate Britain activists covered in ink (Photo via Insulate Britain’s Twitter)

Activists attacked with ink

Two activists had ink thrown over them by an angry driver.

Footage shared on social media shows the aftermath of the incident, as two demonstrators continued to stop traffic with blue and green ink all over their faces.

“It wasn’t painful, it didn’t hurt. It was just unpleasant,” 77-year-old Christian told Greatest Hits Radio of the incident, adding that he is “terribly worried” about facing further violence.

“The whole thing is sad. It’s sad that we have to do this. I hate doing it.”

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