Furious Londoners lose patience with eco mob as protester dragged away after blocking road

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Britons are outraged at more Just Stop Oil protests throughout London this Saturday. The anti-oil campaign group said 61 of its supporters walked onto Charing Cross Road, Kensington High Street, Harleyford Street, just off Kennington Park Road, and Blackfriars Road at midday.

In a statement on Twitter, they said: “At noon today, 61 Just Stop Oil supporters stopped traffic on Charing Cross Road, Kensington High Street, Kennington Road and Blackfriars Road, demanding that the Government halts all new oil and gas consents and licences.”

In a video, a man storms off after taking a Just Stop Oil banner while swearing.

Later on, the man in a grey sweatshirt grabs a protector sitting on a crossing and pulls him off.

He shouts “I’ve got work to do” while another man eggs him on and says “go on, take them”.

The protester is dragged away then returns to his spot on the crossing and sits back down.

In another video posted on Just Stop Oil’s Twitter account, multiple people are seen dragging protestors off the road.

A man is heard in the clip saying “you lot hold them back because its f****** pathetic”.

The man then says “go to parliament, go to Westminster”, as another man kicks backs and pushes those sitting on the road.

Alongside the clip, Just Stop Oil posted a comment from Anna Berrill, a 20-year-old philosophy student from Leeds, who said: “I’m doing this because it breaks my heart to witness the tragedies that are happening and will keep coming because of our actions, and to live in a crumbling world and not do anything is unbearable.”

The Metropolitan Police said on Twitter: “We are aware of Just Stop Oil protests in Kensington High Street, Charing Cross Road, Kennington Park Road and Blackfriars Road. 

“Police were immediately on scene and a number of arrests have been made.

“Protesters have used ‘lock-ons’ and glued themselves to the road. 

“Charing Cross Road has now been cleared and is back open to traffic. 

“Work is ongoing to reopen the other roads as soon as possible.”

Theresa Norton, 64, a Labour councillor in Scarborough who was supporting the protest, said: “In the grand scheme of things, a half an hour’s disruption is not a massive sacrifice.

“It’s these people that are making the biggest sacrifice, they’ll be arrested, go to a police cell, they might even have to spend 48 hours in the police cell, go to court on Monday.

“These are the real people making the sacrifices even though people may not realise it.

“We’re doing it for everyone, no people here is doing it out of selfish reasons.”

It comes a day after two Just Stop Oil protestors were arrested after spraying orange paint over the front windows of Rolex in Knightsbridge.

At 8.43am on Friday, a man and a woman used fire extinguishers to spray the protest group’s signature colour over the front windows of the high-end jeweller.

Both were arrested on suspicion of criminal damage and have been taken into custody at a central London police station.



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