How Insulate Britain’s ecomob prepares for roadblocks with confidence exercises and group hugs
This is the moment when Insulate Britain activists prepare for a roadblock with confidence exercises and group hugs.
Images filmed by A herd shows protesters one day gathering at an Airbnb ‘refuge’ near Edgware Road before causing rush-hour chaos in the capital.
Gathered in a circle, the activists put their arms around their shoulders and say to themselves: “I have complete confidence in you, and I have complete confidence in myself.
At one point, the group burst into laughter when Cambridge-based organizer Louise Lancaster, who quit her teaching job to campaign, said: “The heat seems impossible to turn off.
“It’s very, very sad to have to open the windows.
The clip’s release follows the eco-zealots who crippled parts of central London on Monday, with several sticking their hands, feet or faces to the roads.
Gathered in a circle, the activists put their arms around their shoulders and say to themselves: “I have total confidence in you, and I have total confidence in myself”
Footage filmed by UnHerd shows protesters gathering at an Airbnb ‘refuge’ near Edgware Road one day before causing rush-hour chaos in the capital
At one point, the group burst into laughter when organizer Louise Lancaster (9 above), who quit her teaching job to campaign, said: “The heat seems impossible to turn off”
Introducing the group, Biff from Canterbury said: “I am ready to lose my freedom, to lose my home that I love, not to see my family, to have everything taken away from me by the government.”
Judy, an 82-year-old woman from South Wales who has been arrested four times in just over a year, adds: “I’ve been here longer than others to pollute this planet, and you know , to contribute to the state that we are in.
“But I also remember what the world was like when I was young and what the countryside was like, how it was to travel and the beautiful places and the wildlife, which are all destroyed by what we do.
And it is not necessary. It doesn’t have to be that way.
David, who is retired, also said: “Anyone who understands this problem now and doesn’t start taking action, doesn’t write letters to their legislator or MP, goes out into the streets, makes themselves known and tells the government that this is unacceptable, and joining others around the world, they will be in a state of complicity.
“They will only watch the end of humanity. And knowing he was coming.
The video also shows activists disrupting traffic early the next day by sitting in front of cars on Southwark Bridge while holding up a banner.
At one point, an activist said: “The police have been very good. They probably won’t thank me for saying they’ve been helpful, but they have been, they’ve been great.
They are eventually arrested and taken in police vans.
Earlier this week, Insulate Britain activists changed their protest tactics by marching towards oncoming traffic on the M25 in a separate protest.
Introducing the group, Biff (above) said: “I’m ready to lose my freedom, to lose my home that I love, not to see my family, to have everything taken away by the government”
Judy, an 82 year old woman from South Wales, adds: “I remember what the world was like when I was young and what the countryside was like”
David, who is retired, says those who understand the problem and do not start taking action “will only watch the end of mankind”
The group said the decision to stop sitting in the middle of roads to block vehicles was made following “comments” that many drivers were frustrated with their actions.
Protests took place in Essex and Hertfordshire, with around 20 arrests made on Friday.
At around 8:30 am, demonstrators briefly entered the roadway near junctions 28 and 29 of the highway, intending to descend the white lines marking the traffic lanes.
But Essex Police said officers arrived at the scene “quickly” and 10 activists were pulled from the road and arrested, with both carriageways reopening within 30 minutes.
Protesters then started walking along the white lines of the highway at Junctions 21 and 22.
The new tactics were rolled out for the group’s 17th day of action, the latest of which saw protesters get inked in their faces by angry motorists.
A spokesperson for the group said safety was “paramount” and the protests would not have taken place if the cars had not slowed down sufficiently.
The video also shows activists disrupting traffic early the next day by sitting in front of cars on Southwark Bridge while holding up a banner
The group on Southwark Bridge. The clip’s release follows the Green Zealots who crippled parts of central London on Monday
He said ahead of the protest: “The intention is to enter the roadway and walk towards oncoming traffic along the white lines.
“If the cars don’t slow down and go full speed ahead, we’ll be on the emergency lane wearing our high visibility with the banners.
“We hope it slows down anyway. We have had feedback that people are frustrated with spending time in the lines.
“It’s like a rolling queue, so we’re going to move, and once they’re in the front, they can continue.
“We don’t plan on stopping traffic, but it could slow down to five miles an hour.”
Insulate Britain has admitted to knowingly breaching a High Court injunction aimed at preventing its disruptive activities.
Those who violate injunctions could be convicted of contempt of court and face a maximum sentence of two years in prison or an unlimited fine.
Activists have blocked roads for 17 days since September 13, causing misery for drivers stuck in long queues.
After Friday’s protest, Essex Chief Inspector of Police Lee Devall said: ‘Not only will incidents of this nature be frustrating for road users trying to reach their destination, but walking in fast traffic is extremely dangerous.
“I want to thank the road users today for their patience and understanding.
“You’ve helped us clean up the area quickly, keep people safe, minimize disruption and keep Essex moving. We will continue to face these incidents firmly.
Watch the full 20 minute film on YouTube here.