This is the moment a furious motorist tore a banner away from Just Stop Oil supporters as they blocked a road in central London.
Footage shows the man honk his vehicle’s horn as he is forced to stop for the environmentalists, before getting out and attempting to grab the banner they are holding.
He can be heard shouting ‘get out of the f****** way’ before saying ‘give me this’ and taking the banners away from protesters.
The motorist is then confronted by police, and can be heard asking officers ‘what are you doing?’ while telling the demonstrators ‘just get out of the road’.
The driver was caught in traffic chaos yesterday as the eco-zealots held a number of marches and protests in the capital, and they have done the same today with a series of additional demonstrations.
In the footage the driver can be seen getting out of his van and tearing the banners away from protesters
He was then confronted by police liaison officers who attempted to diffuse the situations during rush hour
The furious motorist was one of hundreds held up by Just Stop Oil as they held slow walking protests while holding banners in locations across London, including in the West End, Westminster and south London.
Footage shared by Channel 4 news shows the confrontation between the motorist and Just Stop Oil supporters in London on Monday morning.
In the video a grey van can be seen coming to a sudden halt when blocked by the activists, with the driver honking the horn.
He then gets out and shouts ‘get out of the f****** way’ at the people stood in the road, before saying ‘give me this’ as he tears the banners away from them.
At this point he is then confronted by two police liaison officers who try to diffuse the situation.
He tells them ‘I need to go to work’ , before asking: ‘What are you guys doing? What are you doing?’
The motorist tells the officers ‘I’m going to be late today, what do you want me to do?’ who respond by saying: ‘Can you just go back for me please?’
The driver then shouts at the Just Stop Oil supporters ‘Come on, just get out of the road’, before turning his attention back to the police, appearing to question how they’re dealing with the protesters by saying: ”Sir, sir, sir.’ If you do something we’ll see what happens. What are you doing? You’re just being annoying.’
A third police liaison officer then arrives, with one of them telling him ‘Traffic is going slightly slower than it normally is in London’, prompting the man to mockingly say: ‘Slightly slower?’
He then tells the officers: ‘I can see it in all your faces, you like this stuff. You like it. You’re supporting this.’
Just Stop Oil protesters block a road in central London on Monday morning as they protest against new gas and oil projects in the UK
On Monday afternoon protesters from Just Stop Oil and Extinction Rebellion gathered outside the global headquarters of Shell in Waterloo
Hundreds of demonstrators called for an end to new gas and oil projects in the UK
It was part of a number of demonstrations by Just Stop Oil during rush hour yesterday morning, which culminated in a joint march by the group and Extinction Rebellion from Westminster to London headquarters of Shell in Waterloo in the afternoon.
It was the last of four days of protest by XR supporters, but the first day of an ‘indefinite campaign’ by Just Stop Oil calling for an end to new UK oil and gas projects.
This morning there were further blockades by the protest group on the roads of London, with more than 100 of its supporters marching in roads in the centre of the capital.
These included a protest at Pall Mall during rush hour which has since moved to Piccadilly, with protesters holding placards saying ‘betrayed by my government’, ‘jailed for caring’ and ‘end climate injustice’.
Photos show demonstrators holding banners and walking in front of traffic including buses and vans.
Among the protesters out today is solicitor Kate Logan, who said she believes ‘time is running out’ to stop climate change.
The 38-year-old said: ‘Ordinary people know this, but our government keeps licensing new fossil fuels. They are writing a death sentence for millions. I spent years signing petitions and campaigning for change via the “usual” methods, to no avail, civil resistance is now our only option.’
The Londoner added: ‘I want my children – and all children – to grow up safe and fed. Taking nonviolent action towards this aim feels like the responsible thing for parents to do right now. The old system is being propped up by corrupt politicians and billionaire oil executives. They won’t change unless disruptive pressure from ordinary people forces them to.’
A Just Stop Oil Spokesperson said: ‘Let us take the energy we have built from this weekend and channel it into keeping the pressure on this criminally corrupt, genocidal government, day after day, until we all win.’
‘We’re calling all those who understand the importance of this moment in history, to step it up. Either we are actively in resistance, on the side of life, or we are complicit with a government that is knowingly enacting policies that threaten the lives of hundreds of millions of people. Head to juststopoil.org and join a slow march from today. See you on the streets.’
On Twitter the Metropolitan Police said: ‘The Met is aware of a number of protesters slow walking on the roads. Officers are on scene and attempting to engage. We are carefully monitoring for any disruption and will take action as necessary.’
It later added: ‘Police are currently on scene at a Just Stop Oil protest at Pall Mall, causing minimal disruption to traffic. Police are engaging with protesters to keep traffic moving freely.’
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