Isolate British protesters dragged out of M25 junction by angry drivers and police

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Isolate British protesters dragged out of M25 junction by angry drivers and police


Angry motorists and police dragged Isulate Britain protesters out of an M25 junction as the group blocked roads for the 13th time.

Clashes between drivers and protesters ensued after protesters blocked the junction with St Clements Way and London Road in Thurrock on Wednesday morning.

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Police say they made arrests
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Protesters block the road Wednesday morning. Photo: Isolate Britain

Many Isolate Brittany the members had stuck to the road, causing long lines of vehicles.

Some members of the group were dragged off the road several times by drivers, who took out their backpacks and clothes, before the protesters immediately returned to their seats to sit down.

Truck drivers honked their horns and some motorists snatched banners from protesters’ hands as they sat or stretched out on the road.

Meanwhile, a protester was nearly run over after pulling over in front of a blue Hyundai car and was reprimanded by the driver who told her, “This is stupidity.”

Images have also circulated online showing a mother stepping out of her black Range Rover and arguing with those gathered around her car.

“Get out of the way, my son has to go to school,” she told protesters.

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The group calls for the insulation of houses. Photo: Isolate Britain
Police arrest a man as Insulate Britain activists block a roundabout at an M25 junction during a protest in Thurrock, Britain on October 13, 2021. REUTERS / Henry Nicholls
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Protesters could face jail time after High Court grants injunction

“I don’t care what the problem is with f ******. My son is 11 and he has to go to school today, so walk away and let me take him to school. “

Police later arrived and pulled other protesters off the roads. Essex Police said 35 people were arrested.

In response to the incident, Essex Police said: ‘Officers were at the scene within five minutes and are currently working to resolve the situation quickly and safely. Arrests were made. “

Truck drivers have also warned that the protests could worsen the ongoing fuel crisis as tankers will not be able to reach gas stations.

A driver told LBC News: “If this protest stays here any longer, I’m afraid the night driver may not be able to deliver fuel to the garages or whoever.

Protesters block junction 13. Photo: Isolate Britain
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Protesters block a slip road at junction 13 of the M25. Photo: Isolate Britain
Police remove activists from Isulate Britain as they block a roundabout at an M25 junction during a protest in Thurrock, Britain on October 13, 2021. REUTERS / Henry Nicholls
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Police try to keep protesters off the road
A police officer tries to remove the hand of a stuck-up protester as activists from Isulate Britain block a roundabout at a junction on the M25 motorway as they demonstrate in Thurrock, Britain , October 13, 2021. REUTERS / Henry Nicholls
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Several stuck to the tarmac

“So speaking of truck driver shortage and fuel shortage, it can get worse today. It’s a hot spot.

“We also deliver to shops, bus garages, train depots, all of which are essential for transportation. “

Delivery driver Robert J Foulger, 57, said: “There were nine police vehicles there and countless officers who didn’t catch the criminals, costing taxpayers money.

“I took pictures while sitting in traffic trying to deliver fresh produce to a supermarket distribution center. I was on the mobile side of traffic so I didn’t wait long, luckily. “

The High Court granted national highways several injunctions against demonstrators blocking sections of the M25 as well as other major transport routes in recent weeks.

Injunctions mean that anyone who breaks the order risks a prison sentence, Transportation Secretary Grant Shapps said.

An Insulate Britain activist is handcuffed as protesters block a roundabout at an M25 junction during a protest in Thurrock, Britain on October 13, 2021. REUTERS / Henry Nicholls
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A protester is handcuffed by the police
A police officer arrests an Insulate Britain activist blocking a roundabout at a junction on the M25 motorway while demonstrating in Thurrock, Britain on October 13, 2021. REUTERS / Henry Nicholls
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The demonstrators were sitting or lying on the road
Police officers attempt to remove the hands of Insulate Britain activists stuck to the ground as they block a roundabout at a junction on the M25 motorway during a protest in Thurrock, Britain on October 13, 2021 REUTERS / Henry Nicholls
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Police work to evict protesters

But despite this, the group returned to the M25 on Wednesday to demand the government isolate houses in the UK before winter, starting with the poorest.

Insulate Britain supporter Dr Diana Warner said: “A lot of people go out of their way to thank us. Some get out of their cars to thank us, some are police officers involved in our arrests. For them, we bring hope – we haven’t given up yet, we continue to push for life-saving changes.

“It’s a big step from thanking us to taking action. But if you make a gesture to help us, no matter how small, you will help us make the change. “

Police remove activists from Isulate Britain as they block a roundabout at an M25 junction during a protest in Thurrock, Britain on October 13, 2021. REUTERS / Henry Nicholls
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Police respond to protests
Protesters returned to the M25 despite an injunction threatening them with prison terms
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Protesters returned to the M25 despite an injunction threatening them with prison terms

The group said on Wednesday that the action coincided with the publication of a report by the Shelter charity, which found that the health of 22% of tenants in England – or 1.9 million households – was affected by a substandard housing.

The report says people live in houses “which make them sick because they are moldy, cold, unaffordable and extremely precarious.”

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