Government says Just Stop Oil protest that blocked fire truck ‘unacceptable’
A Just Stop Oil protest in London has been branded ‘unacceptable’ by the government after a fire engine and ambulance were apparently blocked.
Separate videos shared online on Tuesday show a fire engine and ambulance with blue lights unable to drive through traffic after 32 protesters blocked three roads in Knightsbridge and Brompton Road, stopping vehicles in each direction, some sticking to the road .
Video showed a stationary fire engine in the middle of a junction near Knightsbridge tube station, with protesters blocking the road behind and in front of the fire engine.
Just Stop Oil then tweeted a video showing protesters moving out of the way of the fire truck with the caption: “Just Stop Oil supporters interrupt roadblock to let fire truck through.”
The Prime Minister’s official spokesperson said: ‘These types of protests which disrupt people’s daily lives or may even prevent our emergency services from potentially saving lives are unacceptable.
“That’s why we have already strengthened the powers of the police, we have given them new powers of action and we are also taking additional powers across the House at this time to ensure that they can go even further. to prevent these individuals from disrupting people’s lives.”
Asked if members of the public should intervene to evict the protesters, the spokesperson said that if the government “can understand the frustrations of the public at having their lives disrupted in this way”, it is “It’s up to the police to respond to these sorts of protests in the first place”.
This is the group’s 11th consecutive day of disruption in London with protesters demanding the government suspend all new oil and gas licenses and authorisations.
A Just Stop Oil spokesperson said: “It is and always has been the policy of Just Stop Oil to allow blue light emergency services to pass.
“It was reported this morning that emergency services were blocked in Knightsbridge. In reality, one of our supporters directed an ambulance away from the roadblock and our supporters left the road to let the fire engine pass.
“The public is right to be upset, frustrated, irritated and angry – their lives have been disrupted.
“The government can stop this today, by making a meaningful statement to end new oil and gas in the UK.”
The London Fire Department has been contacted for comment.