Environmental activists tried to breach the gates of Downing Street on Tuesday as part of a high-profile campaign to stop new oil and gas drilling in Britain.
Members of the Just Stop Oil group tried to climb the road that houses the Prime Minister’s official residence but failed.
Video footage on social media showed police officers pulling protesters away from the entrance, as well as others, dressed in high-visibility orange, sitting outside in the street.
Just Stop Oil said in a message on its Twitter account that 22 supporters came “towards the gates” at 11:15 a.m. (1115 GMT).
🚨 Breaking: Downing Street Block 🚨
🚧 At 11:15 this morning, 22 Just Stop Oil supporters swarmed the gates of Downing St. Some of them tried to scale the gate, some sat on the road to block the entrance, some stuck their hands on the tarmac. pic.twitter.com/KzxtOUpQdH
— Just Stop Oil ⚖️💀🛢 (@JustStop_Oil) 1 November 2022
“Many of them tried to scale the gates while some sat on the road to block the entrance, some stuck their hands to the tarmac,” it said.
The move came after Prime Minister Rishi Sunak chaired a weekly meeting of his senior ministers on the 10th and BP announced a rise in quarterly profits due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Sunak, who succeeded his short-lived predecessor Liz Truss on October 25, has ruled out attending the upcoming United Nations COP27 climate change conference in Egypt. But he is under pressure to change his mind.
Just Stop Oil also wants it to reverse the government’s policy of issuing new licenses for oil and gas exploration in the North Sea.
“This genocidal policy will kill millions and fail to address the worst spending crisis this country has ever seen,” it said.
Eight protesters were arrested on Monday after the headquarters of the Home Office, the Bank of England and domestic intelligence service MI5 were painted orange.
The London base of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp media empire was also targeted in what has become an almost daily series of direct action protests by the group over the past month.
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