Insulate Britain are ‘disrupting people's lives’ says taxi driver
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Around 30 demonstrators have once again brought one of London’s main arterial routes to a standstill protesting over climate change in the build-up to the COP26 in Glasgow. With tension mounting after commuters and travellers await for police to remove the blockade, it all became too much for one irate driver. “Do you know what it’s like someone trying to get treatment for cancer and you’re standing like this? People are trying to get to hospital, of all places,” shouted one angry man trying to get through.
He continued: “If anyone gets cancer, please let it be your family, let you know what it feels like,” clearly frustrated with the protesters blocking the roads during what is a difficult time.
“In anyone in this world get’s cancer, I hope it’s your parents and loved ones and I hope when you’re on the way to hospital you know what it feels like stopping getting someone treatment,” continued the man.
He concluded his vent of anger by saying: “If anyone deserves it, I hope it’s people that you know, Scumbags!”
Another unhappy driver told the protesters they were stopping him from getting to work, asking them “are you going to feed my family”.
Police later attended the scene and started dragging some of the Insulate Britain group off the streets.
However, one activist taking things further had glued his hands and face to the road, stating later he regretted his actions.
Speaking to the press afterwards, the man said: “It’s not one of my better moves. But it was to make a statement that things are fairly critical, I wanted to have an extreme action to reflect the extreme nature of the emergency we are facing.”
City of London police arrested 7 protesters, while the Met Police Service arrested 21.
A spokesperson from Insulate Britain, Liam Norton said: “We know that the public is frustrated and annoyed at the disruption we have caused.”
He continued: “They should know that one way or another this country will have to stop emitting carbon. We can do that now in an orderly, planned way, insulating homes and preventing thousands of deaths from fuel poverty.”
Taking the warning further, Mr Norton said: “Or we can wait until millions have lost their homes and are fighting for water or starving to death.”
Concluding, the protester said: “This treasonous government has betrayed the public. It is actively following a path that will lead to the death of millions – that’s genocide. If you know this and are not joining nonviolent civil resistance then you are complicit.”
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The group said 61 protesters had been involved in various protests around London today.
This is the fourteenth time that the group has performed such actions as part of its six-week plan of action.
Speaking on behalf of Insulate Britain, Tracey Mallaghan said: “I’m gutted that we’ve had to return to the roads and irritate people. I am irritated too.”
Continuing, Ms Mallaghan said: “I am a single mum and I don’t have time to read climate science and parliamentary reports, but I’ve read the Chatham House report and it’s terrifying.”
“I understand more than most, that money is tight and many people are struggling and stressed beyond belief… It’s hard to see the bigger picture when you are anxious about putting food on the table but stop and think for a moment. The people on the road are not your enemy, they are not the ones that betrayed you and f***ed over this country,” she said.
Concluding, Ms Mallghan said: “they are acting out of love to protect your children and people everywhere from misery, starvation and death.”
As the police managed to remove the protesters, one angry man who had been blocked from getting to work swore he would stop recycling his waste at home as a counter-demonstration against Insulate Britain.
Previous blockades by the group led to the M25 being blocked, causing tailbacks, and stopping others get to work, school and hospitals.
The group has vowed to continue its activities in the meantime.
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