62 Arrests in Parliament Square
In order to disrupt business as usual, 100s of supporters engaged in a slow march, peaceful protest through the streets.
Metropolitan Police arrived and began pushing the Just Stop Oil supporters back and forming a chain across the road to impede the protest. They then issued a section 7 order which criminalizes members of the public based on alleged interference with ‘the use or operation of key national infrastructure.’
The police then began arresting the supporters, employing unnecessary force and intimidation tactics. 62 in all were arrested.
Taking action today, Dr Ian Chapman, 52, said, “20 or 30 years from now, I won’t look back and regret having taken direct action, but I will regret it if I don’t. I expect to get arrested today, whilst the people in the building I’m marching past are making decisions that will kill millions. I will get off the road when the police take action against the real criminals.” The Bury St Edmunds resident continued, “We’re running out of time, and we all need to do what we can, right now. I don’t see how you can say you care about future generations, or your nieces and nephews or your grandchildren – I don’t see how you can say you love your children – if you do nothing to stop the destruction of the world they are going to grow up in.”
A Just Stop Oil spokesperson said, “Just Stop Oil supporters are willing to slow march to the point of arrest today, and every day until the police take action to prosecute the real criminals – the people who are facilitating new oil and gas when they know that to do so will kill hundreds of millions of people. Just in the last week, seven people have died in the UK as a result of extreme weather and scientists are telling us it will only get worse. Neither major political party is serving the interests of the country- they are serving the mass murderers profiting while the world burns. There is no real opposition.”
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