Insulate Britain protesters have been dubbed “irresponsible crusties” by Boris Johnson, who claims the government is doing all possible to put an end to the mayhem produced by the organisation.
The Prime Minister told LBC’s Nick Ferrari from the Conservative Party conference in Manchester that the climate change group’s protest action is “insane” and destructive to the economy.
“Come on Boris Johnson, you have got to sort this out!” Mr Ferrari slammed.
“There are some people who call those individuals legitimate protesters!” the Prime Minister stated angrily. “They’re not!”
“I think they are irresponsible crusties who are basically trying to stop people going about their day’s work.”
“And doing considerable damage to the economy!”
“that is why we have taken the powers and why Priti Patel is doing the right thing so they can get six months or an unlimited fine,” Mr Johnson added.
“Or actually we have got section 60 powers to search the whole area!”
On Monday, Insulate Britain began their eleventh day of protests, blocking main entrances to the capital at Arnos Grove, Blackwall Tunnel, Hangar Lane, and Wandsworth Bridge, causing traffic chaos.
However, the protests elicited a vehement response from drivers, who jumped out of their cars and hauled demonstrators off the road.
Protesters at the Blackwall Tunnel refused to move out of the way of a woman desperately attempting to reach her ill mother in hospital, causing pandemonium.
In a heartbreaking video posted by LBC, a woman breaks down in front of the “selfish” Climate Change protesters, sobbing and pleading, saying “my mother is in hospital! I need to get to her now!”
Tracey Mallaghan, a demonstrator, told LBC that despite the sad circumstances, she was not deterred “Heartbreaking” to see, she denounced action as justified, demanding, “what about the next generation who needs us to get our emissions down!”
Around 50 people took part in the demonstration, according to Insulate Britain, and police officials are on standby to deal with the long lines of people trying to enter the capital.
The latest demonstrations occurred just 24 hours after Prime Minister Boris Johnson threatened demonstrators with fines or jail time if they shut down critical transportation routes.
“This administration will always be on the side of the law-abiding majority, guaranteeing the harshest possible penalties for criminals who intentionally bring important roads to a halt,” Mr Johnson added. “We will give the police the powers they need to put an end to their reckless and selfish behaviour.”
Activists who obstruct highways might face up to six months in prison under the law. However, authorities have complained that they do not have enough force to prevent eco-protesters from shutting down several of the country’s major motorways, such as the M25, M1, and M4.
The organisation is urging the government to insulate UK homes in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions caused by leaky dwellings.