Furious motorists shouted “this is stupid” at a crowd of Grumless Insulate Britain Eco enthusiasts blocking a road near the Dartford crossing.
A Brit rammed straight into the stone-faced crowd, who stood in a major transport route – an industrial estate near the Queen Elizabeth II Bridge in Essex.
Footage shows him running out of his car to accuse the group of “stupidity” as chaos breaks out near the Purfleet freight terminal.
Another man is filmed saying “it won’t help” as he tries to reason with the crowd.
He yells: “Why aren’t you at work? Why are you stopping people from working?”
Another traveler with an industrial estate said: “My business is on its knees. We have a lot of transportation problems in the UK.”
A frantic lorry driver was also caught in a last-ditch attempt to go straight into the protesters.
Nearby Brits help by pulling the vested demonstrators themselves off the road – but the lorry can only move an inch before being seated again.
Their desperate attempt to break the barricades is as anger at the widely spread HGV driver shortage, as well as the British desperate to deliver goods.
Meanwhile, protesters on the M25 clashed with police as they blocked Junction 31 in Thurrock, Essex.
The group was filmed being dragged off the tarmac by police as they violated another injunction meant to prevent them from causing disruption.
The group said 40 “ordinary people” had blocked both the M25 and London Road to demand that Boris Johnson start insulating the homes of the “poorest people”.
Insulate Britain supporter Diana Warner said the drivers “thank you” to the group, which also includes police officers.
But today’s clip of the action suggests something else, with the drivers themselves pulling the protest off the road.
But the defiant eco rush quickly snaps back into position and starts to stall the cars again.
On 2 October, the government received a new order prohibiting the group from obstructing traffic and banning access to motorways and major A roads around London.
Anyone who breaks an injunction faces imprisonment or an unlimited fine, and activists found in contempt of court may also be forced to pay the cost of their case.
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