Five Just Stop Oil Supporters Arrested while Marching on the Sidewalk

   Yesterday, five supporters of Just Stop Oil were met at the beginning of their march in the public square, Trafalgar, by 30 police officers. As the march began, they were arrested at a pedestrian crossing, during the green light.
   Christopher Ford, Teacher, “This is the state the country is in now, where you can march straight from parliament, into prison.”


   Christopher was banned from London just last week, and is now in prison. He was not one of the five.


   Many took great risk by attending the march, having previous records. However, they braved the over policing that’s transpired recently in London. Earlier this week, Phoebe Plummer, famous for throwing soup over Van Gogh’s Sunflowers, was sentenced to six months in prison for being part of this same march.


   One of those marching today and risking remand is Luke Watson, 34, a handyman from London. He said, “On Monday I was arrested for marching 2 minutes in the road. I’m here again today because I don’t want to be bullied. Protesting, freedom of expression and assembly are basic rights, rights we seem to have lost” Luke explained, “The UN has just said we’re on track for 3 degrees of warming and an unelected prime minister is going back on the environmental pledges that got his party elected whilst imprisoning young people for complaining about it. Aren’t you glad to live in a civilized liberal democracy?”


   Another of those marching today is Greg Sculthorpe, 38, an accountant from Doncaster. He said, “New oil and gas is incompatible with preventing the deaths of millions from heatwaves and crop failures. Our government is prioritizing the shortsighted greed of fossil fuel companies over everyone else’s basic rights to life.” Greg made the appeal, ”You have to decide what kind of person you are: someone who stands up to evil or someone who just lets it happen. We aren’t powerless. We could force our government to act responsibly if everyone who is able to, joined in civil resistance to fight for their lives and everything they love.”


   Despite the overpolicing, Just Stop Oil promise to be back, every day, from the public Trafalgar square, to get their demand heard. They are asking for no new oil and gas licenses from the UK government. Just Stop Oil are part of the A22 Network for Civil Resistance.

In Solidarity, Will Regan

 

 

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Will Regan has been a spokesperson for Extinction Rebellion in the US and Declare Emergency. He's editor in chief for the Daily Rebellion and has been arrested 4 times since taking that role.