3 Arrested to coordinate climate change protests on British highways


According to the Metropolitan Police, three people were arrested on Wednesday on suspicion of organizing a climate change protest on Britain’s busiest highway.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art also said it had arrested 14 people for interfering with the M25. So far, at least 88 people have been known to have been arrested by British police in a protest on Wednesday, during which activists blocked several junctions on the highway.

“We consider their actions to be unreasonable and unsafe highway disruptions, and we will respond as quickly and reliably as possible to this type of incident,” Power said in a statement.

The protests were organized by Insulate Britain, a campaign group calling for government action on housing insulation.

Activists stopped traffic by sitting on the road in some sections of the M25 after 8 am on Wednesday. The stuck driver rang their horns. A video posted on social media showed an angry driver demonstrating to activists.

Secretary of Commerce Kwasi Kwaten said the protests were counterproductive.

“These actions not only cause great disruption to those who go to work and transport important goods, but also endanger their lives on busy highways. Not to mention the resulting delays in traffic, of vehicles. It just increases emissions, “he said.

Insulate Britain said 89 members participated in the demonstration.

In a statement, the group called on the British government to “trustworthy action” on the insulation of homes.

“The right job for hundreds of thousands of people to start the first real step, to insulate every home in the country, is Pound for Pound and will result in the greatest reduction in carbon emissions. It’s pretty easy, but the government still refuses to continue working. This is a criminal negligence. “

A protest by the same group on Monday blocked five M25 junctions, trapping tens of thousands of drivers in huge traffic lines and arresting dozens.

Although similar in tactics and goals, the group has no clear link to Extinction Rebellion, which has deliberately caused confusion and brought people back to environmental problems over the past two weeks.

Protesters in favor of destructive tactics were boosted by a recent appeal decision that overturned convictions related to various controversial protest methods.

But it comes when a new police bill aimed at accurately interfering with this kind of destructive tactics begins to pass Congress.

Simon Veazey and PA contributed to this report.

Alexander Chan