Category: Insulate Britain

UK Police to Get Extra Powers to Tackle ‘Disruptive Protests’

The UK government has announced plans to give police more powers to tackle “disruptive protests” such as those organised by climate activists, allowing officers to intervene before protests become highly disruptive. The proposed move would give police greater clarity about dealing with demonstrators blocking roads or slow marching, a tactic that has often been used…


UK Announces Plans to Crack Down on Climate Protests

UK Home Secretary Suella Braverman has unveiled plans for a major crackdown on disruptive protests by climate activists, whom she described as “thugs and vandals” trying to hold the public “to ransom.” Climate activists from groups such as Extinction Rebellion, Just Stop Oil, and Insulate Britain have staged various protests and demonstrations in recent months,…


Extinction Rebellion Members Superglue Themselves in UK Parliament Chamber

Climate activists from Extinction Rebellion have superglued themselves around the Speaker’s chair in the House of Commons chamber in London. The group said around 50 activists were involved in the “non-violent” action at the Palace of Westminster. A photo posted on the group’s Twitter account shows three members hand-in-hand in front of the seat while…


Liz Truss Vows to Crack Down on ‘Unfair Protests’ After Climate Activists Disrupt Hustings

UK Conservative Party leadership contender Liz Truss has vowed to clamp down on “unfair protests” after she was heckled by a group of climate activists during a meeting with party members. Truss’ speech at a party leadership hustings in Eastbourne, East Sussex, was disrupted when five protesters shouted “shame on you” and called for a…


Eco-Activists May Undermine Energy Security, Increase Emissions: UK Industry Body

Environmental activists could undermine the UK’s energy security, increase its reliance on foreign imports, and consequently increase emissions, Britain’s leading offshore energy body has warned. Offshore Energies UK (OEUK) said that protests and publicity stunts by climate activists may deter further oil and gas investment in UK waters, making the country increasingly dependent on other…


UK Climate Activists Sabotage Petrol Pumps at Motorway Services

Climate activists have prevented motorists from entering forecourts and sabotaged petrol pumps at two motorway services in southeast England. Climate group Just Stop Oil said on Thursday that 35 of its supporters have blocked petrol stations at two motorway service areas on the M25. The activists smashed display glass on the petrol pumps and covered…


UK Government Pushes Through Controversial Protest Curbs Despite Lawmakers’ Criticisms

The British government has reinstated restrictions on protests to a controversial policing bill amid criticisms from both opposition and backbench Conservative lawmakers. The Police, Crime, Sentencing, and Courts Bill contains a wide-ranging raft of measures aimed at overhauling the criminal justice system. These include plans to give police in England and Wales more powers to…


More Traffic-Blocking Eco-Activists Jailed in UK for Contempt of Court

Five Insulate Britain activists were jailed on Wednesday after they breached a high court injunction prohibiting them from obstructing traffic on the M25 motorway last year. The climate activist group repeatedly blocked traffic on the UK’s motorways and busy streets, demanding the government insulate all British homes by 2030 to help decarbonise the economy. One…


UK Peers Reject Government’s Proposed Measures Targeting Disruptive Protests

The UK government on Monday suffered 14 defeats as the House of Lords voted against a raft of proposed measures in the Police, Crime, Sentencing, and Courts Bill. The controversial measures were inserted into the bill to target eco-activist groups such as Extinction Rebellion (XR) and Insulate Britain, whose members use tactics such as blocking traffic…


Insulate Britain Protests Cost UK Police £4.3 Million

Road-blocking protests carried out by climate campaign group Insulate Britain have cost UK taxpayers at least £4.3 million ($5.8 million) so far, an investigation has found. The information was collated by the PA news agency, which filed Freedom of Information requests to police forces who handled the protests. Insulate Britain, an offshoot of Extinction Rebellion,…