Isolate UK protests: London’s Old Street roundabout blocked by group

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Insulate Britain was accused of blocking ambulances from getting to their call-outs after falling on a major roundabout in central London.

Footage shows about a dozen protesters holding signs and sitting in the middle of Old Street, a few hundred yards away from Moorfields Eye Hospital.

A car can be heard angrily honking its horn as traffic stops, with buses and ambulances trapped in the tailbags.

The police arrived quickly to the place, but at that time, many of the protesters had glued themselves to the floor.

A reporter at the scene tweeted that the demonstration stopped ambulances from coming to their call.

A video shows officers using a solution to peel the activists off the asphalt in an attempt to get the traffic going again.

Insulate Britain said on Twitter that their policy ‘is and always has been to move out of the way of emergency vehicles with blue lights on’.

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Insulate Britain Old Street protest, London, 08.10.21 (Photo: Beth Vaughan)

An aerial photo of Old Street as Insulate Britain brings traffic to a standstill (Image: Beth Vaughan)
Protesters were pulled away by police after gluing themselves to the floor (Photo: AFP)
It is the latest action in their campaign to demand that the British government fund a program to isolate Britain’s homes (Image: AFP)
Climate activists said about 40 protesters were sitting on the road at junction 25 of the M25 at Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire and on the A501 at the Old Street roundabout (Image: Insulate Britain)

Members of the group also returned the M25 during rush hour this morning in violation of an intersection at the High Court that banned them from blocking motorways.

About 20 protesters clashed with police waiting for them at the scene

Officers tried to drag the environmental protesters away, but were overwhelmed by their numbers, and some managed to block the road and trigger rage among motorists.

A woman stuck in traffic said her daughter would be late for school when she branded the group a ‘disgrace’.

Another video shows protesters from Insulate Britain driving in front of police cars on the M25 while officers ran to grab and drag them off the road.

Today’s protest is the twelfth time that Insulate Britain has blocked motorways and A-roads in recent weeks.

A specialist police officer uses solvent to free a climate activist's hand from the Insulate Britain group

Specialist officers used solvent to moisten the protesters from the floor (Image: AFP)
Today’s protest is the twelfth time that Insulate Britain has blocked motorways and A-roads in recent weeks. (Image: Metro.co.uk)
A number of people were pictured arrested after the protests today (Photo: AFP)

On Wednesday, Insulate Britain apologized to the public for the disturbance they have caused.

A spokesman said they acknowledge that their sit-in demonstrations are creating chaos, but that they ‘believe that the reality of our situation should be taken into account’.

The group wants the Prime Minister to commit to isolating 29 million homes by 2030 to tackle climate change and burn poverty at the same time.

But Boris Johnson has branded them as ‘irresponsible crusties’, preventing law-abiding people from starting their business.

The PM is reportedly considering giving the police stricter powers to deal with the activists, i.e.including unlimited fines and prison sentences for blocking important transport routes.

Isolate Britain blocks Junction 25 on M25 motorway at Waltham Cross in Hertfordshire

Insulate Britain has also blocked Junction 25 on the M25 motorway at Waltham Cross in Hertfordshire (Image: Insulate Britain)
The group has promised to continue their campaign until the government commits to isolating 29 million homes (Image: Insulate Britain)
Politicians and the public have condemned the group’s tactics (Photo: Reuters)
Ambulances were reportedly stopped from coming to their call-outs (Photo: Insulate Britain)

There were ugly scenes earlier in the week when drivers took the matter into his own hands and dragged protesters out of the way to let an ambulance pass.

The group has remained defiant in the face of fierce backlash from politicians and the public over their protest methods.

Tracey Mallagan, a spokeswoman for the group, said: ‘If governments do not act quickly to reduce emissions, we will face a dire situation.

‘We should not worry about lack of pasta or rolls because law and order breaks down quite quickly when there is not enough food to go around.

‘The government will not speculate on whether there are enough hospital beds or fans, but whether there are enough people left to bury the dead.

“The government is destroying our country. Boris Johnson should be taken to court for treason. Our flesh and blood are thrown aside as consumables. ‘

A furious driver collided with Insulate Britain on the M25 as she tried to take her daughter to school

A furious driver collided with Insulate Britain on the M25 as she tried to take her daughter to school
Police quickly arrived at the scene, but activists had glued themselves to the floor (Photo: PA)
The transport secretary said that laws would tighten up to ‘get the glued fools’ off the road (Photo: AFP)
Hundreds of protesters have been arrested in recent weeks (Photo: AFP)

The latest incident happened when Transport Secretary Grant Shapps made media rounds expensive travel Covid testing will be increased in time for October in the long run.

He said existing laws needed to be tightened to ‘get these glued fools off the road’.

Interior Minister Priti Patel has said she will do so in the controversial bill on crime and sentencing that goes through parliament,

The Minister of Transport said that ‘in the meantime, I have actively applied for a restraining order covering the national motorway network around London, around the South East. Now these people can go to jail for what they do. ‘

He added: ‘I very much imagine that the courts will very badly consider that they are ignoring a restraining order. It can be unlimited fines, it can be six months in jail, we have actively served individuals from door to door — over 100 have been inspected. And I think we’ll start to see the courts have a very, very weak view and lock some of these people in, that’s unacceptable. ‘

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