Two mobs of protesters block roads near Dartford Crossing and the A40 as ragging drivers throw INKs at Insulate Britain’s eco-zealots.
Hard-working Brits are caught behind protesters who barricaded a slip road at Junction 1a of the M25 – with a lorry driver threatening to knock them down himself.
Meanwhile, a separate group has set up camp on the A40 in North Acton, London, where furious drivers are throwing ink on protesters’ faces.
Retired doctor Christian, 77 – one of the protesters wrapped in blue liquid – told Greatest Hits Radio London News: “It wasn’t painful, it didn’t hurt – it was unpleasant, but just sad, the whole thing is sad, it It’s sad that we have to do that.”
At the M25 protest – which is close to the busy Dartford crossing – a motorist played the bagpipe in front of persistent eco-protesters who refused to budge.
As the police pushed him, he shouted: “They are grabbing ambulances, fire engines. Shameful.
“You’re harming your cause. What I was doing, obnoxiously bagpipes in your face, is what you’re doing to all this traffic – you’re taking people’s lives unpleasantly.
“You are harming your cause guys, you are really harming your cause.”
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And on Sky News an angry motorist was heard telling a cop: “I’ll get the lorry here and I’ll run over them, I promise you, just saying.
“Pull ’em out the f***ing way dude, will you?”
The police immediately intervened to disperse the protesters. The force has confirmed that 17 people have been arrested so far.
But arrest is unlikely to deter him, with one eco-fanatic saying he is set to lose his home and go to jail for the reason.
Suzy, 47, from Cambridge, who works in childcare, said: “If going to jail and losing your home is what the government needs to do to do the right thing and cut our carbon emissions, it’s a price worth paying.
“I cannot be a spectator while this government betrays the public, our children and future generations by failing to save our country from the climate crisis.
“Insulating Britain’s leaky homes has to come first.
“It will cut a large portion of our carbon emissions, help families struggling with their energy bills, and end fuel poverty.
“It’s such a basic first step that you have to wonder why the government refuses to act. Don’t they care?”
As today’s protest began, Insulate Britain campaigner Tracy Mallaghan was asked by Good Morning Britain’s Richard Madley what harm could be caused by his M25 chaos.
Richard asked: “What if someone dies on the M25 today as a direct result of these protests? What about the families of those who died?”
Tearful Tracy – whose voice trembled throughout the interview – replied: “I’m going to cry. As I have done for this campaign for days. I hate it, I hate interrupting people. Me. Hate it.
“But the thing I hate more is that I can’t go out into space and have a serious conversation about what our kids face.”
She criticized the media for asking her questions about “individuals” and not “the future of the children” and praised the group’s controversial leader Liam Norton when he appeared on the show last month.
This comes after a woman sitting in traffic due to Insulate Britain in September was paralyzed by a stroke.
The mother’s sons – who were taking her to the hospital – said they were “forced to watch their mother slip”.
On today’s standoff, a Metropolitan Police spokesman said: “The Met is aware of Insulate Britain activists blocking the road at the A40 junction with Gypsy Lane in North Acton.
“The officers immediately reached the spot. Traffic had to be diverted for everyone’s safety. We will share the update soon.”
The protests follow Insulet’s warning to the UK public this morning not to use the M25, which they issued yesterday, while also asking the public to reduce their speed to 20mph on the crucial road.
The controversial mob promised to end their pitiful sit-in by October 25.
And they came back with a vengeance on Monday, as protesters closed down Limehouse Causeway – a street in Canary Wharf – as well as an area close to Liverpool Street station and Upper Thames Street.
One eco-idiot sticks his face to the street in a bizarre performance, before admitting: “It wasn’t one of my better moves”.
Matthew Tully opted to superglue his head directly on the tarmac near Liverpool Street station.
But, when scissors were used to cut his hair, Matthews admitted that the bizarre trick probably wasn’t his brightest idea.
Speaking directly from one of the barricades, Matthews explained how he wanted to be “extremely actionable”.
He told the Mirror: “They had to cut my hair from my temple because my face was completely glued up. But now I’ve done most of that. But my hair is still sticking out.
‘I’m gonna cry’
“So with these scissors I’m trying to remove most of my hair.”
Matthews – the boss of the South Yorkshire-based firm Solid Carbon Storage – was one of 52 Insulate Britain eco-zealots arrested on Monday.
Asked if he could cut his skin in an attempt to free himself with scissors, Matthews said: “Okay, you’ll find out if there’s blood coming out.”
At Southwark Bridge, drivers were forced to clear protesters themselves off the road as they desperately tried to go to work.
Slogans “Well done, get him out of the way” and “People are going to work” were raised, as a member of the public swiftly intervened.
But their efforts were to no avail as the group was quickly back in position – causing chaos for hundreds of Londoners.
And at a Liverpool Street protest, a desperate driver shouted “I hope your family gets cancer” at a group of protesters.
In one video, the unknown driver shouts: “If someone gets cancer, please let it be people you know. So you know how your loved ones feel [unable to] Get treated
“I hope you know what it’s like. My father needs treatment and you’re sitting here doing this.”
He branded the group as “scum” because they were staring at him, saying nothing.
“If someone gets cancer, I hope your parents… Are your parents alive? Do you know what it’s like?
“Someone is trying to get cancer treatment and you are standing here just like that. People are trying to go to the hospital. Everywhere.
“If someone gets cancer, please let it be your family, tell you how it feels.”
In a statement released last week, Insulate Britain said the government’s heat and building strategy “failed to address the challenges we are facing now”.
The plan outlines how the government will cut carbon emissions from 30 million homes and workplaces.
rush hour chaos
Insulate Britain’s statement read: “Insulate Britain has acknowledged” British GovernmentHeat and Building Strategy, Net Zero Strategy and Cost of Net Zero Report.
“We concluded that, while this would have been a good first step 30 years ago, they are a complete failure to meet the challenges we face now.”
The group claimed that the only way to deal with the issue was through a “wartime-style national effort” involving “shared sacrifice”.
More than a month after the first setbacks, officials asked the judges to take action.
The minister is reportedly angry that the police are arresting the militants – before releasing them just hours later.
But the final details are now being added to the legal papers, which can see speedy justice for those who follow the orders of the High Court not to block the roads.
And Priti Patel has announced that police will be given the power to repeatedly arrest climate protesters before they stick themselves to the tarmac.
The group has faced a lot of accusations about hypocrisy – and just days ago, Norton himself admitted that he “doesn’t care” about insulation.
Found out in particular that Norton doesn’t even insulate his home.
And when asked about his decision by TalkRadio presenter Christo Faufas, Norton quickly replied: “Because I’m a hypocrite.”
Then he said: “I’m terrible I’m not.”
Amazed by the response, Christo pressed him further, asking: “Do you understand why people would think, well, this guy doesn’t care about insulation, he just tries to cause disruption and make a name for himself.” ?”
“Yeah, they’re right,” Norton said.
“I don’t particularly care about insulation.”
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