Just Stop Oil protests and arrests continue at Whitehall

Video report of Just Stop Oil protests at Whitehall by GBNews

Just Stop Oil protests and arrests are continuing at the UK Houses of Parliament, Whitehall, London. There were 54 arrests on Tuesday, 25 today. Just Stop Oil are calling on the UK government to end new oil and gas.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/oct/06/just-stop-oil-activists-arrested-after-glueing-themselves-to-road-in-whitehall

Twenty-five supporters of Just Stop Oil have been arrested after blocking traffic in central London, on the sixth consecutive day of protest by the group.

At about midday on Thursday, two groups of protesters with the climate activist campaign walked into the road and stopped traffic at the roundabout by Trafalgar Square.

Supporters of Just Stop Oil have vowed to block the streets of Westminster every single day until the government agrees a halt to all new oil and gas projects. The latest arrests bring the number of arrests related to their protests to more than 100 since Sunday.

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Just Stop Oil continues Westminster occupation

Just Stop Oil confirms that it is continuing to occupy Westminster.

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Second day of protests against soaring energy prices and climate crisis

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Activists have taken part in a second day of protests to demand the Government end the cost-of-living and climate crisis by stopping new oil and gas.

The Just Stop Oil (JSO) group said that 250 of its supporters held marches through central London on Sunday where they disrupted traffic in shopping districts and tourist hubs before carrying out a sit-down protest on Waterloo Bridge.

A JSO spokesman said: “We will continue in civil resistance until this government takes immediate steps to meet our demand to end the cost-of-living and climate crisis by stopping new oil and gas.

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Just Stop Oil activists blockade four London bridges

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2022/oct/01/climate-and-cost-of-living-campaigners-descend-on-london-on-same-day

Thousands of supporters of Just Stop Oil have blocked four bridges across the Thames.

Protesters blocked Waterloo Bridge, Westminster Bridge, Lambeth Bridge and Vauxhall Bridge with sit-down protests after marching from 25 points around the centre of London.

The climate activists took to the streets in London as cost of living campaigners Enough Is Enough also held rallies.

The protests come as 200,000 union members walked out of work, with rail unions RMT, Aslef and TSSA, and postal workers’ union the CWU, striking over pay and conditions.

Just Stop Oil has come into the autumn after a spring and summer of non-violent civil disobedience protests against England’s fuel distribution network.

As part of a coalition of groups, including Insulate Britain, Animal Rebellion, and Jeremy Corbyn’s Peace and Justice Project, it has broadened its demands from an end to all new oil infrastructure to include more taxes on the rich and support with energy bills.

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‘We All Want to Just Stop Oil’ plans mass civil resistance march in London on Saturday

A coalition of groups including Just Stop Oil, Jeremy Corbyn’s Peace and Justice Project, Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament and Insulate Britain plans to disrupt central London this Saturday and Sunday with a mass civil resistance march. The march, one of several large events planned for the day, will bring thousands of ordinary people to the streets of the capital to demand an end to the government’s harmful policies. [1]

We All Want to Just Stop Oil’ brings together a range of groups focussed on the cost of living and climate crises.  By joining forces, the partners will highlight the connections between the energy crisis, which is driving millions of families into fuel and food poverty across the UK, and the climate crisis, which right now is causing mass loss of life and suffering all over the world, impacting first and hardest on countries in the global south who have contributed the least to rising global heating. [2]

Beginning at 11am, people will assemble at 25 starting points across London, including Waterloo, Paddington and Euston stations. From these locations, the groups will converge at Westminster to demand an end to the economic and moral madness of continued oil and gas expansion. [3]

There will be a photo call at 2pm, on the northside of Westminster Bridge, close to the Boudicca monument, with coalition partners and supporters present. Spokespeople from the various partners and supporters will be available for interview.

A Just Stop Oil Spokesperson said:

“We are currently witnessing the breakdown of all we hold dear. Our government has not ‘got this’ – they are increasing the grip of fossil fuels at our throat. If the government won’t stop approving new oil and gas projects then we will make them stop. Come to Westminster from 1st October to peacefully join thousands of other ordinary people in civil resistance because our lives depend on it.”

Jeremy Corbyn, the founder of the Peace and Justice Project, said:

“Record breaking weather is happening everywhere and everything is too expensive. That’s the crisis. You can’t separate out the cost of living and climate crises. The whole system, which creates billionaires and starves hundreds of millions, is the crisis. It can’t be resolved, it must be overcome and transformed.”

Stuart Bretherton, 24, Energy For All Campaign Coordinator, Fuel Poverty Action said:

“The climate crisis and the cost of living crisis are a direct result of how our economy is run for the benefit of an energy industry that will chew us up and spit us out. But at the same time we have common solutions to both these crises. Climate justice doesn’t mean further hardship, it means warm homes, lower bills, cleaner air and a better economy for every one of us.”

Lee Jasper of Blaksox, said:

“The west relentlessly pumps out its carbon gas to feed its insatiable consumer economies, while the poorest people on the planet, in the global south endure climate catastrophe, famine and drought, whose people are being sacrificed to maintain unsustainable western lifestyles.  We need climate change and climate justice.” 

Zita Holbourne, Chair of Black Activists Rising Against Cuts, (BARAC UK) said:

“The issues of climate displacement, environmental injustice, migration, colonialism, reparations and systemic racism are all interconnected and part of the same struggle for racial justice and human rights globally. There can be nothing about us without us and until all of us are free, none of us are free.”

Kate Hudson, from the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament said:

“Fossil fuels have contributed to the two greatest threats facing humanity – climate catastrophe and nuclear war. They cause and sustain global conflict, entrench inequalities and have left some of our most precious environments on the brink of irreversible collapse. CND backs JSO’s actions: the government urgently needs to switch its spending priorities particularly at this time of deep financial crisis. We need climate protection, not Trident; investment in our nurses and public services, not nuclear weapons and power, and to ensure good wages for all instead of further defence spending.” 

Liam Norton, from Insulate Britain, said:

“The government’s plan to open new oil, gas and coal projects is the biggest act of government criminality in our history. They are participating in the destruction of this country and the murder of countless people around the world. What else can you call it? In order to stop new oil and gas we need to Insulate Britain. Now.”

[Source was a Just Stop Oil press release]

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More than 50 Just Stop Oil protesters in UK sent to jail on one day

Arrests of Just Stop Oil activists at Kingsbury Terminal. Photo: Just Stop Oil

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/sep/16/more-than-50-just-stop-oil-protesters-in-uk-sent-to-jail-on-one-day

More than 50 protesters who are demanding urgent action to address the climate crisis were sent to jail on one day this week after refusing to comply with court proceedings.#

Many of the protesters made it clear they would continue to take action at the Kingsbury terminal if they were released on bail, despite an injunction prohibiting protests at the site still being in force.

In response, 30 protesters in Birmingham and 21 in London were remanded in prison and are due to appear before the courts again next week, when activist group Just Stop Oil said they could face lengthy spells in prison.

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Just Stop Oil protesters at Kingsbury depot

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Members of the Just Stop Oil group gathered with banners to block an entrance of the Kingsbury Oil Terminal near Tamworth on Wednesday.

In April, North Warwickshire Borough Council had obtained a High Court injunction against protests taking place outside the site.

Warwickshire Police said a number of arrests had been made on suspicion of the court order’s breach.

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Just Stop Oil actions

Climate activist group Just Stop Oil have disrupted three oil terminals and many M25 petrol stations this week. Just Stop Oil are calling for no new oil and gas ventures in UK which is accepted as a necessary measure to address the climate crisis.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/aug/23/just-stop-oil-activists-stage-protests-at-essex-and-midlands-oil-terminals

Dozens of environmental protesters have blocked critical oil infrastructure in Essex and the Midlands as they revived a campaign to “just stop oil”.

At daybreak on Tuesday, about 50 people took part in protests targeting three oil terminals, from where fuel is distributed to petrol stations, the activist group Just Stop Oil said.

In Essex, about 30 activists occupied the Inter oil terminal in Grays and blocked a road leading to the Navigator oil terminal in Thurrock, while five others occupied tunnels dug beneath access roads to the terminals.

In Warwickshire about 20 people tried to block access roads to the Kingsbury oil terminal, the campaign said. Four others were said to be occupying two tunnels near the site.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/aug/24/just-stop-oil-protesters-block-service-stations-on-m25-in-second-day-of-action

Environmental protesters have blocked three service stations on the M25 in a second day of action this week attempting to put pressure on the government to end new oil and gas projects.

According to the Just Stop Oil campaign, 32 of its supporters took action from 5am at Cobham services in Surrey, Clacket Lane services in Kent and Thurrock services in Essex.

They blocked access to petrol pumps by sitting in the road with banners, while some sabotaged petrol pumps by breaking the display glass, covering them with spray paint or locking on to them.

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Climate protesters call for action against a 40°C ‘new normal’

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https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/b/rallies-call-for-action-against-new-normal

CLIMATE change and fuel poverty campaigners are set to demonstrate in London on Satuday after the country endured searing high temperatures this week.

It comes as the High Court ruled that the government broke its own climate change laws by failing to properly assess its net zero policies.

Climate activists from across the country are planning dozens of “swarm” marches from various meeting points across London, converging at Parliament Square for a symbolic mass sit-down.

The demonstration, jointly organised by Just Stop Oil, Fuel Poverty Action and the Peace and Justice Project under the banner of We All Want to Just Stop Oil, will then gather in a park for a picnic and small discussion groups.

Protesters are demanding no new oil projects, the taxation of big polluters and billionaires, an end to families having to choose between heating and eating, more insulation for homes and cheap public transport.

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M25 blocked as climate protesters declare it ‘site of civil resistance’ after hottest day in history

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https://www.independent.co.uk/climate-change/news/m25-closed-climate-protest-just-stop-oil-b2127228.html

Climate protest group Just Stop Oil has halted traffic on the M25 this morning, declaring the London orbital motorway a “site of civil resistance” following record-breaking temperatures on Tuesday.

The group has issued a statement saying the record heatwave is “without doubt the most important moment in UK history”.

“All-time temperature records are being obliterated, thousands of people are expected to die from heatstroke and the liars and plotters who are vying to lead us are too busy fighting among themselves to even care,” the statement said.

The group accused the government of being “criminals”, who they said were “overseeing the destruction of everything that is needed for society and the state to function”.

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