'You are entitled to hate me': Just Stop Oil activist cries after …
Just Stop Oil
Just Stop Oil and other eco-protest groups are becoming household names thanks to their controversial protest methods.
It is Just Stop Oil in particular who are currently causing disruption on the M25 with traffic being brought to a standstill for a second day.
Home secretary Suella Braverman went on a bizarre rant about the protesters last month, accusing them of being part of a "Guardian-reading, tofu-eating, ‘wokerati’, dare I say the anti-growth coalition".
She is also considering measures to allow ministers to apply for injunctions in the “public interest” where protests are causing or threatening “serious disruption or a serious adverse impact on public safety” as part of a Public Order Bill.
But who are these groups and what do they stand for?
Just Stop Oil
It is Just Stop Oil who are causing a stir presently with their series of controversial actions.
The group, which was founded as recently as in April 2022, wants to stop the UK's reliance on fossil fuels and get us on renewable energy sources instead.
Its website says: “Allowing the extraction of new oil and gas resources in the UK is an obscene and genocidal policy that will kill our children and condemn humanity to oblivion. It just has to stop."
The unnamed protester said: “I recognise that it looks like a slightly ridiculous action. I agree, it is ridiculous. But, we’re not asking the question, ‘Should everybody be throwing soup on paintings?’.
“What we’re doing is getting the conversation going so we can ask the questions that matter. Questions like, ‘Is it ok that Liz Truss is licensing over 100 new fossil fuel licenses? Is it ok that fossil fuels are subsidised 30 times more than renewables when offshore wind is currently nine times cheaper than fossil fuels?’”
\u201clisten to her explain the Van Gogh soup protest. \n\nshe\u2019s got a point, no?\u201d
Insulate Britain dominated the protest news agenda last year when they blocked a number of motorways by glueing themselves to the ground to tackle the issue of home insulation.
The group wants the government to take responsibility for insulating homes so we don't rely on carbon for heating so much. They also reckon it will help those struggling to pay their energy bills and therefore save lives.
So far, so uncontroversial?
Up to a point. Their stunts triggered multiple arrests and debates about their methods, with many suggesting that it was wrong to prevent ambulances from reaching hospitals, to stop people from attending school and work, and to cause general disruption.
Having failed to get the protestors to shift, she then returned to her Range Rover and drove into the protestors backs as one yelled out “Ow, ow, ow, no!”
At the time, the then transport secretary Grant Shapps condemned their methods. “It’s dangerous, it’s really outrageous, and actually, ironically, it probably adds to pollution as cars idle, waiting for their nonsense … for them to be unglued from the road,” he said.
Tracey Mallagan, a spokeswoman for the group, defended the group’s actions in a statement. She said: “If governments don’t act soon to reduce emissions, we face a terrifying situation.
“We won’t be worrying about shortages of pasta or loo rolls because law and order breaks down pretty quickly when there is not enough food to go round.”
\u201cThe police are starting to remove an eco-protester who glued his feet to the road at a busy central London junction.\n\nSee more: https://t.co/8LNiR0H58f\u201d
The global organisation has pulled more stunts than we can count, to support their campaign against climate change.
One recent action took place in Australia, when two activists glued themselves to a prized Pablo Picasso painting at the National Gallery of Victoria ahead of the state election next month.
Back over in Britain, last month XR activists visited the house of commons and glued themselves to the Speaker's chair.
\u201cBREAKING NEWS: Extinction Rebellion supporters have superglued around the Speakers Chair inside the commons chamber.\n \nRight now inside Parliament a speech is being read out demanding a Citizens' Assembly Now: \u201cWe are in crisis. We can not afford to carry on like this..."\u201d
— Extinction Rebellion UK \ud83c\udf0d (@Extinction Rebellion UK \ud83c\udf0d)
There was no use crying over the spilt dairy milk product and yet people did - especially the police who carried out multiple arrests.
Speaking to LBC's Natasha Devon, Animal Rebellion spokesperson Robert Gordon said: "Right wing commentators would have you believe we picked these supermarkets because it's all we know, because it's where mummy and daddy took us as kids.
"In reality, we're just a group of really concerned individuals who have carefully picked these high-end shops because we acknowledge that when we take action.
"There's an inevitable level of disruption that will be caused - and we really didn't want to be disrupting those who are suffering most in the cost of living crisis".
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