Eco-mob returns to wreak more havoc ahead of COP26: Isolate UK activists LEAN on cars to prevent them from moving forward as they block roads at Southwark Bridge, Canary Wharf and Liverpool Street
Environmentalists Insulate Britain have resumed protests against roadblocks today, targeting Southwark Bridge, Canary Wharf and Liverpool Street Station.
Activists leaned on car hoods and stood on the roads with banners in London from 8am, causing havoc for rush hour motorists and families during the semi-annual holidays.
A total of 51 protesters blocked Upper Thames Street next to Southwark Bridge, Bishopsgate in the Liverpool Street area and Limehouse Causeway in Canary Wharf.
It comes after Insulate Britain, an offshoot of Extinction Rebellion, warned last Friday that they would resume their protests against roadblocks this week.
The group said it would “revolt against tyranny” in response to the government’s Net Zero reports, in which they said they “would not be at all up to the challenges we face now.”
Insulate Britain had earlier said on 14 October that it had halted its protests – which have caused misery to motorists across London – until this morning.
Activists lined the streets outside Liverpool Street station in London from 8am today with banners
Hundreds of arrests have been made of protesters who, since Sept. 13, have blocked highway junctions and roundabouts by running onto the road as the lights turn red.
They have focused their protests on rush hours to have maximum impact, with motorists taking it upon themselves to clear them when police are slow to arrive.
An Insulate Britain spokesperson said on Friday: “Insulate Britain has considered the UK government’s Heat and Buildings Strategy, the Net Zero Strategy and the Cost of Net Zero reports.
“We came to the conclusion that 30 years ago this would have been a good first step, but they are not at all up to the challenges we face today.
What we need in this ‘period of consequences’ is a wartime national effort, a united front of shared sacrifice, not a plan to cross your fingers and hope for the best.
“That’s why Insulate Britain will continue our campaign of nonviolent civilian resistance.”
Insulate Britain claimed the ‘government’s plan to decarbonize our homes is failing on almost every measure’.
It said the £450 million allocated to heat pump subsidies will help just 30,000 households a year, which is a ‘drop in the ocean’ compared to the 900,000 the Climate Change Committee needs a year by 2028.
A spokesman concluded: “Our ancestors fought a civil war to remove such tyranny from these islands and sacrificed their lives to gain the rights and freedoms we now enjoy as citizens.
Today it is our turn, our responsibility, to rise up against tyranny. We owe that to our ancestors, to our fellow citizens and to those who come after us in the great chain of life.’
Last Tuesday, a ban to prevent Insulate Britain protesters from blocking London roads was extended by a Supreme Court judge.
London’s transport network was ordered earlier this month to prevent the activists from obstructing cars on some of the capital’s busiest roads.
Members of the protest group have already been hit by three other National Highways injunctions, banning demonstrations on the M25, around Dover harbor and main roads around London.
At last week’s hearing, members of Insulate Britain were given the opportunity to address the court.
Despite their campaign being temporarily interrupted, they have repeatedly shown their disdain for the orders by disobeying them and burning paper copies.
Violating a court order can lead to a conviction for contempt of court, which, if proven, is punishable by up to two years in prison and an unlimited fine.
The judge, Justice Lavender, said last week that the ban was extended until a trial in the case or a new court order or April 8 next year.
dr. Diana Warner, of the group, said National Highways should lower highway speed limits to 10 mph when Insulate Britain protests in a roadway.