Climate change protesters in London caused significant disruptions for commuters, who then stood up to them while the police were watching.
Another protest was held this week
Just Stop Oil protesters organized several protests across London, making it impossible for commuters to continue their daily activities. This was not the first time climate change protestors caused distractions, and people were increasingly irritated.
The protestors occupied bridges
TMX News reported that the protestors occupied all main bridges in the city, including the Tower and London bridges.
The commuters even got hostile with the climate change protestors since this is becoming a monthly occurrence in the British capital. The police arrested one person who attacked the posters, causing displeasure from the passer-byes.
Just Stop Oil protestors once again demanded that Britain immediately stop all new oil and gas production.
The police cannot do much
Another incident occurred during last week's protest when a person got into an altercation with a protestor and allegedly broke their phone. Talking to BBC, a spokesperson for London's Metropolitan Police said, "The Met and City of London Police are aware of an incident in which a member of the public appears to have remonstrated with Just Stop Oil protesters this morning, 19 May, in the City of London, before the arrival of police."
No further allegations
The police spokesperson confirmed, "At this stage, we are not aware that any allegations have been made in regard to this matter." They added, "We completely understand the frustration and anger of London's communities when protesters walk slowly on the roads."
Just Stop Oil attacked Van Gogh and King Charles III
The climate activists made headlines after defacing several renewed art pieces in London's National Gallery, including throwing tomato soup on Van Gogh's Sunflowers. The art was glass protected, but it caused the world to reexamine its support toward protestors. They also shattered cake into the wax model of King Charles III at the Madame Tussauds Museum in London.
"Destroying" art pieces was not a wise move
Dan Rather, an advocate for climate change, commented, "It's destructive to protest the destruction of our planet by trying to destroy beautiful art." And though the painting was not destroyed, many wondered on Twitter, "If you've lost Dan, maybe rethink your strategy, folks."
The message was unclear
Time writer asked what was the point of going after art pieces, asking, "Who was the target? Van Gogh? Oil paintings (get it)?"
Shutting down traffic only harms regular people
Ordinary people who have to go to work, university, or see a loved one in a hospital, certainly do not approve of these tactics and only negatively influence the potential support. While many argued this is a well-known tactic, for example, anti-war protests in the 60s were held on college campuses among young people, who were being drafted.
Right idea wrongly organized
Time conducted a survey regarding the protests, and many agreed that young people have the right idea. However, stopping people from getting to work or pretending to damage art pieces is not helping the cause.