The Just Stop Oil group has carried out a series of actions in a month, with activists tarring the wax statue of King Charles at Madame Tussauds or even throwing tomato soup at Van Gogh’s “Sunflowers”.
Members of environmental group Just Stop Oil led an action in London near Downing Street on Tuesday, demanding that new Prime Minister Rishi Sunak ban all new fossil fuel exploration.
Videos circulating on social networks show that activists in particular who want to climb the high entrance gates to Downing Street are immediately intercepted by police officers on duty.
According to the group, other activists sat on the tarmac of Whitehall, the artery serving Downing Street, and displayed banners, some sticking to the roadway.
Opposition to oil projects
In a statement, the organization asked the government to abandon “new oil and gas projects”.
“This genocidal policy will kill millions and fail to address the worst cost of living crisis this country has ever seen,” the group continued.
The latter is asking for an extraordinary tax on the oil companies’ profits.
Faced with government plans to legislate to crack down on “guerrilla” tactics, Just Stop Oil, whose members are currently behind bars after taking part in various actions, says the group will not be “trimmed” or “reduced in silence”.
The group has carried out a series of blockades in the past month, sometimes causing friction with the public, and actions where activists have placed the wax statue of King Charles at Madame Tussauds, thrown tomato soup at Van Gogh’s “Sunflowers” at the National Gallery or spray painted an Aston Martin dealer.