Just Stop Oil protestors launch soup at government conference centre

Just Stop Oil glue themselves to business department in London

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Protestors from the climate group Just Stop Oil have sprayed soup over the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), and blocked traffic on Victoria Road in Westminster. As part of their latest stunt, the activists glued themselves to the business department and issued an invitation to the Home Secretary for talks. The incident occurred just after 11:30 am when 12 activists walked onto Victoria Road outside of the BEIS building, according to a statement from the climate group. They demanded that the BEIS, which is responsible is the UK’s energy strategy, and for licensing new rounds of fossil fuel extraction, halt all new contracts and consents for oil and gas exploration. 

Gareth Davies tweeted: “Just Stop Oil are also on Victoria Street where they have glued themselves to the business department and – originally – thrown soup over the sign. This is alongside their Dartford Crossing stunt. Protesters also blocking Victoria St in Westminster.”

A number of activists glued themselves to the tarmac while others locked themselves together. Shortly after, the protestors threw soup at the building, which they claim is “a reference to the fact that countless families in this country can not afford a tin of soup, and famine is rife across sub-Saharan Africa.”

This protest came hours after Just Stop Oil activists were photographed climbing the Queen Elizabeth II bridge, leading police to close the key Dartford Crossing on Monday morning.

Essex Police closed the principal link between Essex and Kent after receiving reports that two people scaled the bridge and were “at height”. The force said they were alerted to the stunt at around 3.50 am on Monday morning, although the group claims they claimed the bridge at 5 am.

Essex Police have closed off the bridge, sparking delays of over an hour by 6am.

The force said: “The bridge has been closed while we resolve the incident which we will do as quickly and as safely for all involved. It does mean that we have had to close the bridge to traffic, but a diversion is going to be put in place through the tunnel.

“This is likely to cause delays throughout this morning and this incident may take some time to resolve due to the complexities of safely getting people down from height.”

A spokesperson for Just Stop Oil said: “Just Stop Oil invites the Home Secretary Suella Braverman to come and meet with us and we will stop throwing soup.

“Join us on Thursday, October 20th at 11 am, in London, in public, to hear what is driving students, builders, engineers, care workers, vicars to throw soup at iconic paintings, to scale bridges, and to repeatedly, relentlessly block roads in the capital.

“We are ordinary people in nonviolent civil resistance in order to protect our rights, freedoms and our heritage. We seek to protect the lives and livelihoods of all humanity.”

One of the protesters said that he was motivated to scale the Dartford Crossing because “too many people in this country simply don’t know the scale and intensity of climate breakdown as the scientists describe it”.

He continued: “The authorities are criminally failing to get this grim science communicated. During Covid the science was conveyed on a daily basis. Why isn’t the most existential threat that humanity has ever faced on the news every day?

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“Our political system is betraying the people of this country. More fossil fuel licenses means global genocide. Only direct action will now help to reach the social tipping point we so urgently need.”

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