Angry road users resorted to dragging eco-protesters out of the road this morning as Just Stop Oil blocked busy Shoreditch High Street in East London, stopping a fire engine from getting through, with one furious driver telling the eco-loons, “My Mrs is not well, she needs to get to a hospital”. The Mail has more.
At least 26 people were arrested at the junction after Met Police arrived to unglue and remove the dozens of protestors blocking up the streets on the 15th consecutive day of disruption by the eco-zealots.
In one clip of the disruption, caused by 29 protesters who glued themselves to the road just after 12pm, a van driver claims he desperately needs to get his sick wife to hospital.
Tensions between the driver and activists reached boiling point when he drove towards members of the group sitting in the middle of the road.
Several protesters jump up as the van approaches while a woman is heard screaming “No! Don’t do it!”
Members of the public film the driver as one asks him “Where are you going to go?” before he explains: “My Mrs is not well, she needs to get to a hospital.”
“Have some respect for other people,” he added during the intense exchange.
“There’s other people who need to get to places.”
Meanwhile, another driver pleaded with the activists to get out the road before physically trying to remove them.
The fuming man can be seen snatching a banner off the Just Stop Oil protesters before yelling: “You all use fuel in some way or another… this is ridiculous get out the way!”
He then lifts up one protester and drags him across the road, without any resistance from the man.
“You need to be arrested… you are a public nuisance,” he shouts while carrying the man across the road – to beeps of support from other drivers.
He does the same with another man while the other returns to his position in the middle of the road, before giving up.
He continues to shout: “Do you think you’re helping anything?” he shouted. “This is a local community… go outside BP, go outside Shell, go and do this somewhere useful.”
A fire engine with blaring sirens was also blocked from getting through the east London junction. Protestors eventually moved to let the fire truck through before sitting back down to block the road.
Worth reading in full.