Just Stop Oil starts new campaign of traffic disruption

Image above: Just Stop Oil protesters

Traffic brought to a standstill at Shepherd’s Bush Green

Just Stop Oil supporters stopped traffic at Shepherd’s Bush Green on Monday (28 November), marching slowly in the road and causing traffic delays. Police arrested two people for obstruction of the highway.

They are expected to continue their campaign of traffic disruption over the next two weeks to demand that the government halts all new oil and gas licences and consents.

This marks a renewal of their campaign after a two-week break following six weeks of continuous disruption and civil resistance, which included stopping traffic at various points around the M25, during which the police made over 700 arrests. There are currently 27 Just Stop Oil supporters in prison.

On Monday 13 Just Stop Oil supporters wearing hi-vis vests walked onto the road at Shepherds Bush Green at 8am and proceeded to walk slowly in the road. They also demonstrated at Aldwych in central London.

A spokesperson for Just Stop Oil said:

“Wanting to prevent the end of human civilization is not a “cause” and Just Stop Oil is not a protest movement. Our supporters are ordinary people who are using all possible peaceful means to ensure a future for humanity. They are engaging in nonviolent direct action to stop new oil and gas because history has shown that it is the only way to achieve the scale of change that we need.

“We will not be intimidated by changes to the law or government posturing on tougher policing tactics. Just Stop Oil supporters understand that this is irrelevant when set against mass starvation, slaughter and the loss of our rights, freedoms and communities. The government can end this disruption tomorrow if they agree to halt new oil and gas licences and consents.”

Alex Mackaness, 28, a charity worker from Bristol said:

“The warnings of the world’s top scientists about our future terrify me- we’re heading towards catastrophe but seem unwilling to do anything about it. I’m doing this for those who can’t yet speak up, like my five-year old cousin, who should be looking forward to his future on this beautiful planet.

“I’d like to ask our leaders what they expect us to do when we hear the UN General Secretary tell us that we’re on a highway to climate hell with our foot on the accelerator? My message is that we won’t be silenced and we will continue to do whatever is non-violently possible to force the government to end new oil and gas.”

The UK is currently going ahead with plans to licence over 100 new oil and gas projects by 2025.

 

Image above: Just Stop Oil activists climbed onto gantries over the M25 in November

Police crackdown on protest

The Metropolitan Police announced on Monday (28 November) they were prepared for protests from 28 November to 14 December. A Whitehall source told PA Media Home Secretary Suella Braverman will summon police chiefs to Downing Street for a meeting about how to stop the protests towards the end of this week.

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