LONDON, Oct 4 (Reuters) – Climate change activists blocked main routes into London on Monday, inflicting enormous tailbacks and chaos for rush hour visitors into the British capital within the newest disruptive protest which ministers have vowed to place an finish to.
About 50 campaigners from Insulate Britain, which desires the federal government to decide to offering insulation for 29 million properties, blocked the Blackwall Tunnel in east London, a bridge over the River Thames in southwest of the capital in addition to busy routes within the north and west of town.
It is the eleventh such motion by the group in latest weeks, following earlier protests which have seen blockades of the busy M25 London orbital motorway and roads to the Port of Dover.
The authorities, which has already sought courtroom injunctions to attempt to stop the motion, stated on Sunday it might amend current laws to extend penalties for obstructing a freeway to an infinite wonderful, six months’ imprisonment, or each, in response to the motion.[nL8N2QZ0DT]
“Recent weeks have demonstrated that the police need stronger powers to tackle those who illegally block motorways,” transport minister Grant Shapps stated. “We will not stand by while motorists are held hostage.”
Insulate Britain stated its motion would proceed regardless.
“We’re more scared of what will happen when the climate crisis causes the breakdown of law and order, than we are of injunctions and prison,” an Insulate Britain spokesperson stated.
“The government is focussing on us rather than what’s coming down the road. They need to face up to reality.”