Insulate Britain have blocked ambulances from getting to their call-outs after descending onto a major roundabout in central London.
Footage shows around a dozen protesters holding signs and sitting in the middle of Old Street, a couple of hundred yards away from Moorfields Eye Hospital.
One car can be heard angrily honking its horn as traffic is brought to a standstill, with buses and ambulances caught up in the tailbacks.
Members of the group have also returned the the M25, in breach of a High Court junction banning the group from blocking motorways.
A group of about 20 protesters scuffled with police who were waiting for them at the scene
Officers tried to drag the eco-protesters away but were overwhelmed by their numbers and some managed to block the road, sparking fury among drivers.
It is the twelfth time that Insulate Britain have disrupted motorways and A roads in recent weeks.
On Wednesday Insulate Britain apologised to the public for the disruption they have been causing.
A spokesperson said they recognise their sit-in demonstrations on busy roads are causing havoc but that they ‘believe the reality of our situation has to be faced’.
The group wants the prime minister to commit to retrofitting 29 million homes by 2030 to tackle climate change and fuel poverty simultaneously.
But Boris Johnson has branded them ‘irresponsible crusties’ who are hindering law-abiding people from going about their business.
The PM is reportedly considering giving police tougher powers to deal with the activists, including unlimited fines and jail terms for obstructing key transport routes.
There were ugly scenes earlier this week when drivers took matters into their own hands and dragged protesters out of the road to let an ambulance pass.
This is a breaking news story, more to follow soon… Check back shortly for further updates.
Got a story? Get in touch with our news team by emailing us at [email protected] Or you can submit your videos and pictures here.
For more stories like this, check our news page.
Follow Metro.co.uk on Twitter and Facebook for the latest news updates. You can now also get Metro.co.uk articles sent straight to your device. Sign up for our daily push alerts here.
Source: Read Full Article