Just Stop Oil claim 150 followers jailed are 'POLITICAL PRISONERS'

Now eco-mob Just Stop Oil claim 150 followers jailed are ‘POLITICAL PRISONERS’ of the state – as protesters stage another demo outside Parliament

  • Activists gathered in Parliament Square before marching through London today
  • Stopped by Home Office and held sign saying: ‘No prison for peaceful protest’
  • The environmental group says more than 150 activists have been jailed this year
  • Came from across the country today to celebrate those who have ‘taken a stand’

Just Stop Oil has claimed the 150 activists jailed this year are ‘political prisoners’, as the eco-zealots gathered in London today to celebrate those who have ‘taken a stand’ against the Government.

Dozens of protesters gathered in Parliament Square before marching through central London this afternoon, chanting their demands that the Government halts all new fossil fuel contracts.

They stopped outside the Home Office where they held up their iconic orange Just Stop Oil signs and a long banner reading: ‘No prison for peaceful protest’.

JSO spokesperson Indigo Rumblelow said: ‘We will not sit by and watch while the government imprisons peaceful people for conspiring to care, while they take away all our rights and freedoms, while they carry on torching the climate. 

Just Stop Oil has claimed the 150 activists jailed this year are ‘political prisoners’. Pictured: A woman protesting in London today

The eco-zealots gathered in London today to celebrate those who have ‘taken a stand’ against the Government

The protesters chanted their demands that the Government halts all new fossil fuel contracts as they marched through London today

‘New oil and gas is the greatest act of mass murder in human history. Those who support this criminal plan are complicit in genocide. They will be the ones on trial in years to come.

‘Our supporters understand what the government and the police have not yet grasped. Your laws and punishments mean nothing in the face of the certain collapse of our food supply, our ordered civil society, our peace and security. We face the loss of everything we hold dear. 

‘We will continue to resist until the government makes a critical U-turn: to announce an end to new fossil fuel licences in the UK.’

One participant, 62-year-old Tom said he came down to London from Nottingham today to show solidarity with the 24 ‘peaceful climate resisters’ who are currently in prison ‘for nothing more than peaceful protest’.

During October and November the Met Police arrested 755 JSO activists and charged 182. In this period, 11,923 officer shifts were required to respond to JSO activity. 

More than 150 people have been imprisoned for their involvement in JSO protests, according to the environmental activist group, including 51 people remanded on a single day in September and 24 who are currently in prison.

Dozens of protesters gathered in Parliament Square before marching through central London this afternoon

They held up their iconic orange Just Stop Oil signs and a long banner reading: ‘No prison for peaceful protest’

Just Stop Oil protester Alfred Beswick, 26, climbed a gantry on the M25 on November 8 (a man thought to be Beswick is pictured during the protest ) 

Alfred Beswick, 26, of Hackney, east London, has been in custody since his arrest on November 8 when he brought the M25 to a standstill by scaling a gantry over junction 22.

On Friday he told a judge that the selfish stunt ‘ruined his life’ as he admitted causing a public nuisance at Southwark Crown Court. 

Judge Tony Baumgartner said: ‘He’s accepted that this has completely ruined his life. It’s really disrupted his relationship with his partner… his partner is at risk of losing rented premises.’ 

Some recent protests from the eco-zealots have seen a change in tactics which make it more more difficult for the police to make arrests.

On November 28 around 80 Met officers were forced to follow the group around London as they stopped for a picnic in the park and went on a pub crawl. 

They were on stand-by to intervene but the slow-march through the Stand did not meet the threshold for becoming unlawful.

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