Just Stop Oil has warned it could cause huge disruption for millions of Britons around Christmas in a move that could trigger furious reactions from festive shoppers. The campaign group have staged disruptive protests for more than a month throughout London, blocking roads and often gluing themselves to the tarmac, while buildings and famous paintings have also been targeted. Earlier this week, Just Stop Oil said it was pausing disruption after 32 days of protests to give the Government time to “consider their responsibilities to this country”.
Activists have given ministers until the end of tomorrow to respond to their calls for new oil and gas licences to be halted, warning if does not get a response by then, its activities will be “escalated”.
But now Just Stop Oil has warned of more disruption around Christmas and will “continue in Civil Resistance until the government stops harming us, the ordinary everyday people of this country”.
The campaign group said that although they are “worried”, protesters will continue to put themselves in harm’s way as “nothing has worked so far” to meet their objectives.
A Just Stop Oil spokesperson told Express.co.uk: “There is no longer any ceiling on our weather, on what the next storm will bring, the next rainfall. I think people should plan for disruption, and not just at Christmas.
“What do you think will be the correct action to take against a Government that is planning the deaths of millions, planning for the end of ordered civil society.
“The ordinary people who support Just Stop Oil are worried about their safety, this is the reason why they act.
“Nothing so far has worked to end new oil and gas, to end the grip of the huge oil companies, to end the destitution they are causing, to end the cost of living crisis.”
On Tuesday, Just Stop Oil announced a pause to 32 consecutive days of action after activists tried to climb the gates of Downing Street before moving on to blocking roads surrounding Trafalgar Square.
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The group said: “From today Just Stop Oil will pause its campaign of civil resistance. We are giving time to those in the Government who are in touch with reality to consider their responsibilities to this country at this time.
“If, as we sadly expect, we receive no response from ministers to our demand by the end of Friday November 4, we will escalate our legal disruption against this treasonous Government. Our action will be proportionate to the task of stopping the crime against humanity which is new oil and gas.”
On Tuesday, Just Stop Oil protesters blocked the busy central London route of Whitehall by sitting in the road, with some gluing themselves to the tarmac, while others tried to climb the Downing Street gates.
Police shouted “make way” and “come back please” as armed officers stopped some protesters from jumping over the smaller gate and removed a woman who was climbing up the main gate to where Prime Minister Rishi Sunak lives and works.
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In familiar scenes from the last four weeks, activists were dragged away by officers towards police vans as members of the public looked on.
A Just Stop Oil spokesman said: “Rishi Sunak is about to U-turn on attending COP27. We demand that he also U-turn on new oil and gas.
“This genocidal policy will kill millions of people while failing to address the worst cost-of-living crisis this country has ever seen.”
The Metropolitan Police said: “Two Just Stop Oil protesters who crossed over the outer vehicle gates on the Whitehall side of the main gates of Downing Street were swiftly prevented from climbing the main gates by police officers present.
“Other protesters with them were also quickly prevented from doing the same or further blocking the road and directed to the pavement.
“Five other protesters who sat down and briefly blocked the road opposite Downing Street in Whitehall at the same time were arrested on suspicion of obstruction of the highway. They have been taken into custody to a central London police station.”
A number of videos posted on the Twitter page of Just Stop Oil also shows protesters marching through Trafalgar Square.
They were followed by scores of police officers as the activists chanted: “No new oil, no new gas, no new coal, insulate Britain, we are Just Stop Oil.”