Eco mob return to cause more chaos before COP26: Insulate Britain activists LEAN on cars to stop them moving forwards as they block roads at Southwark Bridge and Liverpool Street
Environmental campaigners Insulate Britain today restarted their road blockade protests – targeting Southwark Bridge and an area outside Liverpool Street station.
Activists leant on car bonnets and stood in roads with banners in London from 8am, causing misery for rush hour motorists and families on half-term holidays.
It comes after the organisation, which is an offshoot from Extinction Rebellion, warned last Friday that they would restart their road blockade protests this week.
The group said it would ‘rise up against tyranny’ in response to the Government’s Net Zero reports which it said ‘completely fail to meet the challenges we now face’.
Insulate Britain had previously said on October 14 that it was pausing its protests – which have brought misery to motorists across London – until this morning.
Hundreds of arrests have been made with protesters blockading motorway junctions and roundabouts since September 13 by running onto the road as the lights go red.
They have focused their protests on rush hours to cause maximum impact, with motorists taking it upon themselves to remove them when police are slow to arrive.
An Insulate Britain spokesman said last Friday: ‘Insulate Britain has considered the British Government’s Heat and Buildings Strategy, the Net Zero Strategy and the Cost of Net Zero report.
‘We concluded that, while these would have been a good first step 30 years ago, they completely fail to meet the challenges we now face.
‘What we need in this ‘period of consequence’ is a wartime style national effort, a united front of shared sacrifice, not a plan to cross your fingers and hope for the best.
‘Therefore Insulate Britain will continue our campaign of nonviolent civil resistance.’
Insulate Britain claimed that the Government’s ‘plan to decarbonise our homes fails on almost every measure’.
It said the £450million allocated to grants for heat pumps will help only 30,000 households a year, which is a ‘drop in the ocean’ compared with the 900,000 a year required by the Climate Change Committee by 2028.
A spokesman concluded: ‘Our ancestors fought a civil war to remove such tyranny from these islands and sacrificed their lives to win 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 that come after us in the great chain of life.’
On Tuesday last week, an injunction aimed at stopping Insulate Britain protesters blocking roads in London was extended by a High Court judge.
London’s transport network was granted the order earlier this month, aimed at preventing the actvists obstructing cars on some of the capital’s busiest roads.
Members of the protest group have already been hit with three other injunctions granted to National Highways, banning demonstrations on the M25, around the Port of Dover and on major roads around London.
During last week’s hearing, Insulate Britain members were given the chance to address the court.
Despite their campaign being on a temporary pause, they have repeatedly shown their contempt for the injunctions by disobeying them and burning papers copies.
Breaching a court order can result in a committal for contempt of court, which, if proved, may be punished with up to two years in prison and an unlimited fine.
The judge, Mr Justice Lavender, said last week that the injunction was extended either until a trial is held in the case or a further court order or April 8 next year.
Dr Diana Warner, from the group, said National Highways should reduce motorway speed limits to as low as 10mph when Insulate Britain protests on a carriageway.