Liz Truss vows to crack down on ‘unjustified protests’ after climate activists upset Hustings


UK Conservative Party leader candidate Liz Truss has vowed to crack down on “unjustified protests” after being heckled by a group of climate change activists during a meeting with party members.

Truss’ speech at a party leaders’ meeting in Eastbourne, East Sussex, was disrupted as five protesters shouted “Shame on you” and called for a “Green New Deal”.

Tory members in the audience were heard chanting “Out, out, out” before the activists were escorted out of the venue.

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Protesters interrupt Liz Truss’ speech at the Hastings event in Eastbourne on August 5, 2022. (Gareth Fuller/PA Media)

The Foreign Secretary, who has called them “infiltrators”, has accused “extremist people” of what she said will seek to disrupt Britain’s democratic process and essential services if she becomes party leader and prime minister. He said he would take action.

she said: And enact laws to protect our critical services.

“And prevent extremist activists like Extinction Rebellion from disrupting ordinary people who work hard, do the right thing, and get jobs.”

“I will never allow unwarranted protests to undermine democracy,” she added.

Later, when another protester was escorted during a question-and-answer session, Truss said:

destructive protest

In recent years, UK climate activists have staged increasingly devastating protests across the country.

Members of Insulate Britain, an offshoot of the Extinction Rebellion, have called on the government to insulate every UK home by 2030 to help decarbonise the economy, and to cut down on UK motorways and heavy traffic. Repeatedly blocked street traffic.

Another group associated with Extinction Rebellion, Just Stop Oil, disrupted motorway traffic and blocked oil terminals in England and Scotland.

A group calling itself Tire Fire Extinguisher claims to have deflated SUV tires in cities such as Bristol, Edinburgh and Dundee.

Activists have vowed to escalate protests, citing last month’s heat wave as evidence of worsening climate change.

Protest groups claimed they would unite on October 1 to bring Westminster to a halt and push the police to a “breaking point”.

Groups such as Insulate Britain, Stop The War, Just Stop Oil, and former Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn’s Peace and Justice Project have called for banning fossil fuel extraction while cutting energy bills. We want to force the government.

PA Media contributed to this report.

Alexander Chan

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