Just Stop Oil campaigner covers luxury car showroom with paint, while others block Park Lane


ust Stop Oil activists blocked Park Lane on the 16th day of the groups’ planned civil unrest this month.

At around 11am on Sunday, members of the group blocked the four-lane road running past Hyde Park.

One of the group then went on to spray orange paint on a nearby Aston Martin dealership as part of the latest protest this month, which has seen more than 400 people arrested so far.

Chloe Thomas, 19, a mum and freelancer from Cannock, said: “I’m 15 weeks pregnant this week. Today we are on the road together and do not require new oil.

“How do I explain to my daughter years from now where the animals went, where the culture went, where the beauty went, why there are no bees and why I can’t put food in her belly?” You know it’s bad, right?

“As citizens, as people, as parents and children we have a responsibility and a right under British law to protect ourselves and those we love.”

David Kearns, 45, a musician from Birmingham said: “I cannot stand by and allow this government to continue to destroy everything we love for nothing but profit.

“The climate crisis is a product of greed, just as the cost of living crisis is a product of greed, and I will not settle for a system that puts profits before people and the planet.”

On Saturday, 26 people were arrested on suspicion of willfully obstructing a highway. As part of the group’s plan to stop all new oil and gas licences, campaigners blocked Shoreditch High Street at the Great Eastern Street junction just after midday.

Other activists, Anna Holland, 20, of Westgate Road in Newcastle upon Tyne, and Phoebe Plummer, 21, of Elms Road in Clapham, south London, were charged with criminal damage after throwing tomato soup at Vincent van Gogh’s iconic Sunflowers at the National Gallery .

To stop such protests, Suella Braverman, the interior minister, unveiled plans to give ministers more powers to stop actions that cause “serious disruption”.

Ms Braverman will use the Government’s Public Order Bill to allow secretaries of state to apply for “public interest” orders where protests cause or threaten “serious disruption or serious adverse impact on public safety”.

The Met Police have been contacted for comment.

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