‘Made their point!’ Insulate Britain protesters face demands to stop after calls heard | UK | News
Protesters from Insulate Britain blocked a junction of the M25 motorway and a major central London road on Friday morning. The climate activists said about 40 demonstrators were involved in its 12th day of protests in the past four weeks. They sat on the road at junction 25 of the M25 at Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire, and on the A501 at Old Street roundabout, causing long queues of rush hour traffic.
Speaking to GB News, TV presenter Ray Mears said: “They’re lucky to live in a democracy where they can protest and I think their voice has been heard.
“At the point when they’re stopping a lady following an ambulance carrying their mother to hospital, that’s too far.
“They should be arrested and they should be locked up or fined for causing a nuisance.
“I think at that point they should realise they lsoe friends rather than gain them.”
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London’s transport network has been granted a High Court injunction against Insulate Britain protesters aimed at preventing them from obstructing traffic.
Transport for London (TfL) said the civil banning order applies to 14 locations around the capital including some of its busiest roads and it follows several previous injunctions against members of the group.
The legal action comes after protesters blocked motorway junctions for the 12th time in the past four weeks on Friday, causing emotional clashes with motorists.
TfL said the fresh injunction was granted later on Friday afternoon.
The injunction applies to Hanger Lane, Vauxhall Bridge, the Hammersmith gyratory system, Blackwall Tunnel, Tower Bridge, London Bridge, Park Lane including Marble Arch and Hyde Park Corner, Elephant and Castle including all entry and exit roads, the Victoria one-way system, the A501 ring road from Edgware Road to Old Street, Staples Corner, Chiswick roundabout, Redbridge roundabout and the Kidbrooke interchange.
London mayor Sadiq Khan supported the move, with his spokesperson adding: “The Mayor passionately believes in the right to protest, but it must always be done peacefully, safely and within the law.
“We are pleased that TfL has been granted an injunction which bans protesters from engaging in activities that obstruct traffic at 14 locations.
“This will help keep London’s road network safe and everybody using it.”