M25: Insulate Britain protesters block traffic on motorway
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Protesters have been blocking the M25 around London for a number of days now to demand Government action on home insulation. Campaigners from Insulate Britain sat on the road holding banners at several junctions on the UK’s busiest motorway this week, resulting in long delays.
Eighteen protesters belonging to ‘Insulate Britain’ have now halted traffic near Junction 23 at South Mimms.
Another group have shut down the main carriageway of the M25 anti-clockwise in Surrey between junction 9 at Leatherhead and junction 8 at Reigate.
Protesters held aloft signs saying ‘sorry for the disruption’ as they faced a barrage of anger from motorists.
Police have rushed to the scene shortly after 8am this morning.
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Furious motorists at the scene have been telling the protesters what they think of the blockages, according to LBC News.
One driver stuck at the scene said: “They are working against themselves.”
Other motorists screamed abuse telling the group “we’ll lose our jobs.”
The climate change group want the Government to ensure all all social housing in Britain is fully insulated by 2025 to battle the climate crisis.
Earlier this week 92 people were arrested in similar protests along the London Orbital.
They sparked disruption at a number of key junctions, including Junction 3 for Swanley in Kent, Junction 6 for Godstone in Surrey, Junction 14 for Heathrow Terminal 5, Junction 20 for Kings Langley in Hertfordshire, and Junction 31 for Purfleet in Essex.
Footage from the scene showed furious drivers pleading with the protesters to let them pass.
But the group remained sat in the road, not allowing any traffic to pass through.
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Chief Inspector Paul Austin said on Monday: “This incident caused significant disruption and our officers worked to resolve it as quickly and safely as possible.
“I want to thank the drivers affected for their patience and understanding.”
The group justified their actions this week with this statement: “This week scores of people have blocked motorways. The people in cars are angry, they are outraged, they are disgusted.
“Rightly. What a thing to do. What stupidity. What idiots. So why are we doing it?
“Why is an 82-year-old stepping out onto the road, an elderly man with a severe heart condition sitting in front of traffic, alongside mothers with children to care for, builders and electricians who just want to get on with their jobs, students with their whole lives ahead of them?
“Why? Because we are angry, because we are outraged, because we feel disgust beyond words.
“Because we will not stand by and see our families suffer, their livelihoods destroyed and our country betrayed. Never. Never.
“For thirty years our politicians have done so very little and now we risk losing all that we love.
“The world is burning and burning, each year worse than the last.”
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