The angry driver collided with climate protesters who blocked traffic again on Wednesday morning, sometimes dragging them off the road.
During the morning rush hour, about 20 protesters from the climate group Insulate Britain (IB) blocked an intersection near a busy industrial park in Salok, a suburb of London.
They sat or lay down on the road at the intersection of St. Clementsway and London Road, stopping and turning multiple vehicles, including the HGV.
Truck drivers blew up their horns, and drivers stripped the flag from the demonstrators’ hands. A female protester who stopped in front of Hyundai’s blue car was about to be overrun and beaten by a driver who said, “This is stupid.”
Some members of the group were repeatedly dragged off the road by the driver who pulled the backpack and clothes. But they soon returned to the middle of the road and sat down again.
Video disseminated online showed that a woman came out of her black Range Rover and claimed that climate activists were blocking her car.
Essex police said police officers responded quickly to the situation. “We were called at 8:26 am and the police were on the scene within five minutes,” the military said on Twitter.
Police said 35 people were arrested in Thurrock, including 16 at Junction 31 in M25 and 19 at Stonehouse Lane in Purfleet.
Insulate Britain, a branch of Extinction Rebellion, has demanded that the government insulate all homes throughout the UK to reduce carbon emissions.
After the group repeatedly closed some of Britain’s busiest highways last month, the government received an injunction against protests, saying activists could be imprisoned for further such attempts. I warned.
According to YouGov’s findings released last week, 72% of people surveyed on October 5 and 6 oppose group behavior, up 13% from the survey three weeks ago.
About 18% of participants supported the IB’s actions and 10% said they did not know the answer.
Of the participants who place the highest priority on environmental issues, about 58% opposed the IB tactics, 33% supported it, and 10% could not decide.
When asked if IB actions such as road blockades and anchoring to roads and other infrastructure and objects help or hinder the cause from their own perspective, 67% of those surveyed hinder the cause. It increased by 10% from 3 weeks ago.
Lily Zhou and PA contributed to this report.