Climate protestors from Insulate Britain caused some tense traffic altercations last Wednesday by sitting in the middle of the road on the A1090 in Thurrock, Essex and recently released video shows one fed-up mother driving into a pair of protestors after failed attempts to try to get them to move so she could get her son to school.
The footage was released Sunday by Insulate Britain, an organization that believes improving the quality of homes in Britain is “fundamental to achieve the British Government’s climate change, fuel poverty and water reduction targets,” according to its website.
The video shows a woman in a black Range Rover pulling up to where protestors are blocking the road by sitting on the ground with banners and signs.
“I’m not joking, my son needs to get to school. Move out the way. Move out the way now,” the woman yelled as she ripped the protestors’ banners away.
We have a responsibility to stop our elderly from freezing to death, to stop children living in cold homes and to stop future generations from an unimaginably horrific future.
— Insulate Britain (@InsulateLove) October 17, 2021
“My son is 11 and he needs to get to school and I need to get to work,” the woman pleaded.
“I understand, I’m sorry,” one of the protestors in front of her car responded.
Tensions continued to boil over as protestors refused to move. The woman’s 11-year-old son popped out of the car at one point to take in the scene.
The woman got back into her car and began inching it forward in an attempt to get the climate protestors to move. One of the women sitting in front of the Range Rover can be heard shouting “Ow! Ow! Ow!”
The irate woman emerged from her car once more and yelled, “My son needs to get to school, I don’t care what your f****** issue is!”
Other frustrated drivers trying to past the protestors egged the mother on yelling, “That’s it, that’s it: push them. Go on, push them,” The Guardian reported.
“We were sat here and she drove up very fast and she got out to shout at us to move. We didn’t move and she accelerated. We kind of got trapped under the front of her car and were being pushed forward,” one of the protestors told The Guardian moments after the incident.
It is unclear if anyone was seriously injured as a result of the incident, though one protestor did tell The Guardian that she thought she was hurt, but felt “quite a lot of adrenaline pumping.”
The Sun reported several other frustrated drivers throughout the day, including one truck driver who also accelerated into protestors and several people who got out of their cars to physically try to pull protestors off the road.
(Source: The Sun UK)
Insulate Britain hoped that between 50-100 of their members would be “climate prisoners” in UK jails by the beginning of the U.N. Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow, Scotland from October 31- November 12. However, none have been held for more than a week on remand police say, because the charges are not serious.
The organization wants the U.K. government to “produce within four months a legally binding national plan to fully fund and take responsibility for the full low-energy and low-carbon whole-house retrofit, with no externalized costs, of all homes in Britain by 2030 as part of a just transition to full decarbonization of all parts of society and the economy.”
Insulate Britain’s next protest is planned for Monday, October 25.
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