Eco-protesters spray Home Office, MI5 and Bank of England with orange paint in new attack

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Eco zealots from Just Stop Oil splattered the Home Office, MI5 and the Bank of England in orange paint in their latest stunt this morning as the group continues to cause chaos in the capital. Six activists from the Extinction Rebellion offshoot descended on the buildings in central London at around 8.30am.

Protesters also targeted the headquarters of News Corp at London Bridge on Monday.

The activists used canisters similar to fire extinguishers to deface the buildings which were left covered in orange paint.

The group said the four offices were chosen to represent the pillars that support and maintain the power of the fossil fuel economy.

Scotland Yard said protesters threw paint in a number of locations, naming Marsham Street, Millbank, London Bridge and Threadneedle Street.

The force added that a number of arrests have been made.

It tweeted: “Officers responded quickly to all incidents and a number of people have now been arrested on suspicion of criminal damage.”

It comes as Just Stop Oil has been causing mayhem across London throughout October to highlight their demand that the Government stops new oil and gas projects.

A Just Stop Oil spokesperson said: “We are not prepared to stand by and watch while everything we love is destroyed, while vulnerable people go hungry and fossil fuel companies and the rich profit from our misery.

“The era of fossil fuels should be long gone, but the creeping tentacles of fossil fuel interests continue to corrupt our politics, government and the media, as they have for decades.

“How else do you explain a Government ignoring sensible no-brainer policies like renewables, insulation and public transport, which would cut our energy bills and our carbon emissions, in favour of corrupt schemes to drill for uneconomic oil and gas at taxpayers’ expense?

“Well we’re done with begging. We are acting to stop new oil and gas because it is the right thing to do.

“As citizens, as parents we have every right under British law to protect ourselves and those we love.”

The stunt on Monday morning comes as part of a month-long campaign of direct action by Just Stop Oil.

Yesterday activists blocked two roads in east London prompting furious drivers to intervene.

Activists holding banners temporarily blocked traffic by sitting in Commercial Street and Hanbury Street, near Spitalfields Market, in Whitechapel at 12.15pm.

Protester Ben Humphrey, 56, a nurse who works in Nottingham, said: “I’m here because I’m terrified of the future.”

A man and a woman were seen dragging demonstrators out of the way while a motorist shouted that she had a sick child in her car and needed to get through.

Police had moved them within an hour on Sunday.

It came after Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Matt Twisty urged people in a statement on Friday not to take the law into their own hands and “directly intervene” to move protesters.

He said the force has arrested 651 people while responding to Just Stop Oil protests since October 1, accounting for more than 7,900 officer shifts.

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