Just Stop Oil target Chiswick Roundabout in slow march protest

Image above: Just Stop Oil protestors marching through London; Photograph Met Police

Just Stop Oil begin eighth week of daily protests in London as 86 arrested

Just Stop Oil protesters again targeted Chiswick on Saturday 10 June. They slow-marched around Chiswick roundabout from 8am.

Just Stop Oil has entered its eighth week of daily action in London despite the ongoing crackdown on their protests by the Metropolitan Police. They are demanding the UK Government cease issuing licenses and consents for new oil, gas, and coal projects due to their contribution to the climate crisis.

Since the protests began, the Metropolitan Police have been cracking down on protests at sites across London. The Government’s new Public Order Act grants police increased powers to address groups like Just Stop Oil and Extinction Rebellion, who often employ disruptive tactics to draw attention to the climate crisis and target key infrastructure.

In a lot of cases, police have imposed conditions from Section 12 of the Public Order Act, which has encouraged protesters to exit the highway within minutes. From the 156 slow marches that have taken place, 125 Section 12 of the Public Order Act conditions have been imposed. In some cases there has been cause to arrest those not complying.

Further figures show that of the 86 arrests made within this operation (mostly for breaching Section 12 conditions) 49 charges have been made. Eighty-six Just Stop Oil protestors have been arrested as of Thursday (8 June) according to the Met.

In some cases, protestors not complying to the Section 12 have been arrested.

Image above: Tweet by Just Stop Oil

Just Stop Oil undeterred by crackdown on protests as climate crisis escalates

Just Stop Oil remain undeterred by the police crackdown on their protests and say they will not stand by as the climate crisis escalates.

On Monday (12 June) at around 8.00am, 65 Just stop Oil supporters in four groups began marching on roads around Lambeth, Victoria and Earls Court. Public Order Act (Section 12) notices were placed on all the marches by 8.46am, including one march which was halted by police after only five minutes.

Activists has been marching at least six days a week since the 24 April.

Since then, the World Meteorological Organisation said there is a 66% chance we will pass the 1.5C global warming threshold between now and 2027 – which would be catastrophic for life on earth.

UK fire chiefs have also announced that they plan to set up new Mediterranean-style specialist units to deal with the increased risk of fires, after more than 90 buildings were destroyed by wildfires close to urban areas last July – including in London. Chief Fire Officer Paul Hedley, wildfire lead for the National Fire Chiefs Council said the risk and threat of such major wildfires was “clearly growing in the UK”.

Image above: Metropolitan Police officers

Police complain protests have shifted their duties away from local policing

Latest figures released by the Metropolitan Police on Thursday show that officers have been moved from dealing with local policing priorities for the equivalent of almost 13,770 shifts.

So far, the Met say this operation has also cost more than £4.5m.

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Ade Adelekan, said:

“In deploying the new tactics of moving slowly in front of traffic along highways, Just Stop Oil’s intent has been clear on disrupting road users.

“This has caused significant impact to the public and officers have been responding as swiftly as possible once aware of the incidents.”

DAC Adelekan continued:

“We know that this action has been very frustrating for the public who just want to carry on with their day-to-day business.

“We would urge the public not to intervene or take matters into their own hands, but to call the police, let us know where the incident is and we will get to the scene quickly.

“It may look like we are not responding quickly enough, however policing protests is complex and there are steps officers must take to make sure our response is lawful and appropriate.

“You can see from both the arrest and charge figures that we are taking this operation very seriously, and once a protest is deemed to have caused serious disruption or may do so, we are taking swift action to stop it.”