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UK government condemns climate activists as they block London motorway again By Reuters


© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Britain’s Transport Secretary Grant Shapps leaves Downing Street after the cabinet meeting, in London, Britain September 17, 2021. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

LONDON (Reuters) – The British government condemned “dangerous” climate change activists who tried on Friday to block London’s busy M25 orbital motorway for the third time this week.

Insulate Britain wants government to provide insulation for 29,000,000 homes. It claims that almost 80 protestors tried to block the junctions of the M25 orbital motorway, one of Britain’s busiest during morning rush hour.

Parts of the 117-mile motorway were brought to a halt by similar demonstrations Monday and Wednesday. The delays caused long tailbacks. Some motorists vented their fury and demanded that tough police actions be taken.

Grant Shapps, transport minister said that this was dangerous and counter-productive. While we all believe climate change should be dealt with, this behavior is counterproductive, as it puts motorists at risk, increases pollution, and does nothing to address the problem. I hope the police will swiftly clear the roads.

A total of 90 members had been detained for protests earlier in the week. They were released but have since returned to continue their highly publicized, disruptive act which saw some people gluing themselves onto the road.

While police had been prepared to stop many activists from getting onto the carriageway on Friday, they were still able temporarily block several M25 intersections.

Surrey Police stated that 24 people were arrested at major intersections, and that the road had cleared.

“The actions of this group have significantly impacted the major road network around London,” the Metropolitan Police’s Deputy Assistant Commissioner Laurence Taylor said.

“This behavior is beyond what is reasonable in exercising protest rights, and it disproportionately affects the rights to others to do their day.”

Insulate Britain said that it will keep pressing the government until they meet its demands.

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