Boris Johnson today branded eco enthusiasts blocking Britain’s motorways “irresponsible crusties”, as ministers prepare to unveil new powers to shut them down.
The prime minister attacked Insulate Britain workers who blocked ambulances and prevented people from going to work by sticking themselves to the tarmac.
They have now blocked major routes in and around London, including the M25, M1 and M4, during two weeks of action against climate change.
Boris told LBC this morning: “There are some people who call those individuals legitimate protesters. They are not.
“They are irresponsible crusties who are basically trying to stop people from going about their day jobs and doing a lot of damage to the economy.
“So we have taken powers and why is Priti Patel doing the right thing to bring powers so that she can get six months or unlimited fine.”
Police Minister Kit Malthhouse said the scenes in which motorists dragged protesters who were stopping an ambulance were “really disturbing”.
He said angrily: “There is a distinct difference between causing disturbance and causing harm.
“These protesters and some of the others that we have seen over the years have crossed the line between exercising their authority, but they also have a responsibility to the rest of us, and something needs to be done. Is.”
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Priti Patel will use her speech at the Conservative convention in Manchester today to unveil new powers to deal with protesters.
Under him the police would now be able to repeatedly arrest climate protesters before they affix themselves to the tarmac.
The Home Secretary will strengthen stop-and-search rules to prevent people suspected of carrying heavy-duty locks or industrial-strength glue near motorways, airports and seaports.
Protesters can be jailed for up to six months or an unlimited fine by a magistrate immediately upon arrest.
A Tory source dubbed the Powers “ASBO for Krusties”.
A new offense of “interference in critical infrastructure” would be created.
It came as Insulet Britain founder and 55-year-old mastermind Roger Hallam insisted he would stop an ambulance carrying a dying man.
He told the Unbreak the Planet podcast: “I’ll be there. Yes.”