Anger has flared in central London after climate protesters blocked a high street and spray-painted a luxury car showroom.
Pictures show the orange Aston Martin showroom with Just Stop Oil protesters clinging to nearby Park Lane in Westminster.
Others joined forces and held up large orange banners after starting the roadblock around 11am on Sunday.
The protest didn’t impress drivers in the area, as one motorist yelled at them, “People have to fucking work,” while another shouted, “People are trying to go to the hospital.”
Activists are calling on the government to halt and approve all new oil and gas licenses.
Just Stop Oil tweeted that the action was to “defy” Home Secretary Suella Braverman on the day she revealed plans to crack down on these types of protests.
It comes days after a can of soup was thrown over Van Gogh’s famous Sunflower painting during a protest at the National Gallery in London.
Police officers were seen trying to speak to those blocking the road while a cordon was erected around the activists.
Chloe Thomas, 19, a pregnant mum and freelancer from Cannock who joined the campaign, said: “In the years to come, how do I explain to my daughter where the animals have gone, where the culture has gone, where the beauty has gone, why it’s her are? no bees and why can’t I put food in her tummy?
“You know it’s bad, right? As citizens, as people, as parents and children, we have a responsibility and a right under British law to protect ourselves and those we love.’
Patrick Michael John McCarthy, 67, a Telford carer who also attended the protest, said: “Please understand that these actions are not easy for any of us.
“It’s uncomfortable, sometimes scary and financially draining, so why do it?
“Because we have seen the devastating truth about the existential threats we face and cannot make it ‘invisible’. The real question is why millions are not in the civil resistance rather than why I am.’
Just Stop Oil says it will continue to protest outside Downing Street every day throughout October.
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