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A frustrated motorist tore away a Just Stop Oil banner yesterday and bundled it in the back of his car as the group’s slow march protest caused yet more misery in the capital.
The incident took place at the Chiswick roundabout in west London, with drivers forced to wait in long queues by the eco-zealots’ blockade.
Elsewhere, a motorcyclist drove straight through the same rally, carrying away another of the placards as he did so.
It came as Just Stop Oil ended their seventh straight week of daily action in London to demand that the UK Government halt all licences and consents for new oil, gas and coal projects.
A frustrated motorist tore away a Just Stop Oil banner yesterday and threw it in the back of his car as the group’s slow march protest caused yet more misery in London
The incident took place at the Chiswick roundabout in west London, with drivers forced to wait in long queues by the eco-zealots’ blockade
The man bundled the group’s banner into his car after taking it from a protester
Elsewhere, a motorcyclist drove straight through the rally, carrying away another of the placards as he did so
Earlier, an angry HGV driver leaps from his cab to chase a cameraman across Gunnesbury Avenue in Ealing, before smashing a phone out of the hands of a filming protester.
Slow-walking marches were held on key commuter roads throughout the morning, causing significant delays for those trying to get to work in central London.
Some demonstrators were breaking bail conditions not to protest on public roads or highways to participate in the disruption, the climate campaign group said, just days after prominent activist Phoebe Plummer was arrested in a cafe after breaching the terms of her licence.
Another lorry passenger rolled down his window while overtaking protesters in south-east London to ask: ‘What are your clothes? What are you shoes mate? Rubber? Made from f*****g oil.’
An angry driver reached out to smack the phone from a protester who was filming the slow march
Around 20 demonstrators took to Shooters Hill Road in south-east London from 8am this morning
The climate campaign group tweeted this morning that 36 people were protesting, including some breaking their bail conditions
Around 20 demonstrators took to Shooters Hill Road near Blackheath, south-east London from 8am this morning, wearing orange hi-vis vests and holding banners.
Other protesters took to the roads around central London’s Marble Arch, where police cleared Park Lane of nine slow-moving cyclists at 8.20am.
In another video from the demonstrations, police can be seen chasing an angry driver who had got out of his vehicle to swear at the protesters.
Demonstrators shouted back: ‘Marching is a legal right,’ as the driver was confronted by a police officer.
The Metropolitan Police confirmed that the Blackheath protest, which took place on one of the main roads between London and Kent, lasted just a few minutes after a Section 12 order was issued.
Section 12 orders are designed to help reduce disruption and prevent criminal damage.
‘A Section 12 condition was issued at 8.07, asking them to move off the road. The protesters were off the road by 8.09,’ the Met said.
A protester stands in the middle of the road and holds a sign that says: ‘No new oil and gas’
A motorcyclist rides through an orange Just Stop Oil banner at a demonstration near Chiswick roundabout on Friday morning
One of the main roads from the north into central London, Gunnersbury Avenue, was blocked by eco-activists this morning
Protesters at Gunnersbury Avenue in Ealing, west London were cleared by police by 8.55am
A man carried bundled up banners towards the end of the demonstration. Protesters moved off the Chiswick roundabout two minutes after a Section 12 order was made by police
Protesters at Gunnersbury Avenue in Ealing, west London were cleared by police by 8.55am but managed to cause havoc at the peak of rush hour as the activists targeted commuter hotspots.
Protesters walked slowly along the road holding hands before one driver climbed from his vehicle and chased a cameraman into the other side of the road.
The enraged man then smashed a phone out of the hand of someone filming the protest.
Later, slow cyclists caused chaos in central London traffic on Grosvenor Place in Victoria, near Hyde Park. They were removed from the road by police at 9.31am.
The activists also protested on East India Dock Road in Poplar at 10.40am. Police had removed the demonstrators by 10.51.
Nine ‘slow cyclists’ block traffic on a main road in central London this morning. They were removed by police officers a few minutes later
One frustrated lorry passenger rolled down his window to shout abuse at the protesters
The protesters were moved off the road by police officers after being issued a Section 12 order
The demonstrators held up traffic to central London, including several lorries, during their short protest
A Just Stop Oil supporter holds a banner at a protest on Friday morning. It reads: ‘There is a rapidly closing window of opportunity to secure a liveable and sustainable future for all’
Crude oil is the main component of synthetic rubber, which is used in many household products. The World Wildlife Fund states that 70 per cent of all rubber used is synthetic.
The protest follows anger yesterday from road users towards demonstrators and the Metropolitan Police.
Around 38 demonstrators, in two groups, targeted the evening rush hour last night as they slowly marched through London in their seventh week of action.
The groups began marching along Marylebone Road and at the Aldwych around 4.30pm. Police said officers responded to the protest within five minutes and imposed section 12 conditions.
Just Stop Oil protesters targeted the evening rush hour as they march along Marylebone Road yesterday
One video showed a white van man, who is understood to have earlier attacked protesters, driving into them as they walked down Marylebone Road.
An angry pedestrian also ran up to the demonstrators, grabbed their banners and slapped a protester’s hat off his head.
Labour donor and green energy tycoon Dale Vince joined protesters in central London yesterday, tweeting Prime Minister Rishi Sunak: ‘I’m in London. Where are you?’
Vince wielded a megaphone as he joined the march through central London
Mr Vince tweeted the Prime Minister as he walked through London
He was heckled by passersby as he joined activists in halting traffic. Vince wielded a megaphone as he ranted against the Conservative Party during the march through central London.
The eco tycoon has donated £1.5million to Keir Starmer’s Labour Party, including £20,000 to the leader and some £10,000 to deputy leader Angela Rayner, according to Electoral Commission data published this year.
Vince owns a huge windfarm company, Ecotricity Ltd, which is worth over £100million. He became a Labour member in 2004, the same year he was awarded an OBE.
He is the owner and chairman of League Two’s Forest Green Rovers, who claim to be the world’s first carbon-neutral football club.
More recently Vince has donated to Just Stop Oil. He has said of their tactics: ‘Sometimes laws are unjust. And when that happens, people have to stand up and do something about it. This climate crisis will be with us for hundreds of years.’
Just Stop Oil have been marching at least six days a week since April 24.
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