Just Stop Oil protesters have received a dressing down from a ‘self-confessed north London liberal’ who told them: “I hate you.”
The reported exchange happened on Bank Holiday Monday as increasingly frustrated commuters engage with the eco warriors.
Tonight, Tuesday four bridges in the capital were briefly disrupted as the group slow marched across Waterloo Bridge, Tower Bridge, London Bridge and Blackfriars Bridge. The Met police has said it has since cleared the protesters.
Earlier this week, the Telegraph reported a cyclist pulled up close to Just Stop Oil (JSO) members slow-walking in front of traffic on Holloway Road, in Islington, north London.
The paper said the man told the environmental activists: “I hate you” and adding their disruptive tactics were “hurting the green cause.”
Footage of the confrontation appeared to show the man say: “Everyone is just trying to go about their business, go about their day and you are f******* it all up for all of us.
“You might feel better about yourselves, but all you are doing is harming the cause because everyone hates you.”
The Metropolitan Police imposed a Section 12 order on those involved in the march on Tuesday and the area was later cleared.
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The man is not the only person to have been heard expressing their frustrations with JSO marchers in recent weeks.
At the Chelsea Flower Show last week a woman called three protesters “morons” when they threw paint over a sustainable garden.
And during Saturday’s Gallagher Premiership Final between Sale Sharks and Saracens the crowd threw beer at pitch-invading JSO members.
JSO has been staging marches every day since April 24. In recent week police have been using new powers granted under the Public Order Act to force them onto the pavement.
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