Just Stop Oil protest in Chiswick

Image above: Just Stop Oil Protestors on Chiswick High Road; photograph Ray Elias

Protestors bring traffic to a halt on Chiswick High Road and Goldhawk Road

Just Stop Oil supporters have been out slow-marching in Chiswick today (24 May), demanding an end to all new oil, gas and coal projects in the UK.

Two protestors were spotted on Goldhawk Road and Chiswick High Road, where they were slowly walking in front of traffic while wearing high-vis vests and being recorded by a third person.

The protestors then moved onto Chiswick High Road, where they drew the attention of the Metropolitan Police. The Met posted on Twitter that they had approached two protestors slowly walking down Chiswick High Road at 11.55pm.

At 11.58pm, officers say they ‘imposed conditions’ and protestors then moved out of the road. The road was clear by 11.59 and traffic was moving.

Earlier this morning, at 8am, 39 supporters in five groups started marching slowly on roads in Islington, Marylebone, the City. Three of the marches were “mini marches” composed of between two and five people, carrying placards reading: “We march for survival” and “I have grandchildren”.

The protestors in Chiswick carried similar signage.

Images above: Just Stop Oil protestors on Chiswick High Road; photographs Ray Elias

Protests part of wider campaign of civil resistance 

Just Stop Oil say the Met issued Public Order Act (Section 12) notices on four of the teams and arrested six marchers at Marylebone Road before they could leave the road. All five teams moved off the road by 9.00am.

Further marches are planned throughout Wednesday.

Since the Just Stop Oil campaign launched on 14 February 2022, there have been over 2,100 arrests and 138 people have spent time in prison. There are currently two Just Stop Oil supporters serving three year prison sentences for resisting new oil, gas and coal.

Just Stop Oil supporters have been marching every day since 24 of April. Just Stop Oil is calling on everyone to ‘get off the sidelines’ and join in civil resistance against new oil, gas and coal.

According to research from the World Meteorological Organisation, the world is almost certain to experience new record temperatures in the next five years, and temperatures are likely to rise by more than 1.5C above pre-industrial levels, which will have dire consequences for life on earth.