Activists of the environmental group Just Stop Oil The ring road around London was blocked on Monday morning, despite a police operation launched to stop the operation with seven arrests.
The group said in a statement that at 7:30 a.m. (0630 GMT), activists mounted the motorway gantries located on the M25, the main route around the British capital. They “forced the police and stopped the traffic”.
The latest move by Just Stop Oil comes as world leaders meet on Monday at COP27 in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt. This is part of the group’s campaign to “ask the government to suspend all new licenses and authorizations for oil and gas”.
However, on Sunday evening, the police announced that they had launched a “major proactive operation” to identify and arrest people with “intent to cause serious disturbance”. Subsequently, 3 people were arrested.
“We suspect that the motive of these individuals is disproportionate to any legitimate right to demonstrate,” police wrote in a statement at the time.
On Monday morning, four more people were arrested in south London for “conspiracy to cause public nuisance”, police said.
Just Stop Oil held a month-long Punch Action in London in October. Activists have said this They tore down the wax statue of King Charles at Madame Tussaudslifted from Tomato Soup in Van Gogh’s “Sunflower.” Spray paint at the National Gallery or an Aston Martin dealership.
“Local protest is inevitable and justified. It will continue until the British government changes course. (…) Our families, our communities, our country and our civilization stand on the brink of destruction. We will not die in silence,” a Just Stop Oil spokesman said in a statement on Monday. He said.
Six members of Just Stop Oil are currently in jail for their involvement in different activities. But the group warns it will not be “bullied” as the government plans to legislate to crack down on “guerrilla” tactics.
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