Environmental protesters pressuring UK government to isolate all homes within a decade have apologized for their role in creating another day of traffic chaos on London’s main ring road
LONDON (AP) – Environmental protesters pressuring the UK government to isolate all homes within a decade apologized on Monday for their role in the traffic chaos on London’s main ring road, but said that roadblocks would continue unless a dialogue opens.
For the fourth time in just over a week, Insulate Britain protesters have targeted the M25, one of the country’s busiest highways, blocking access routes by sticking to the road. and painting their group’s name on the road as well as a blue heart.
The group says it wants the Tory government to isolate “all 29 million fleeing houses in Britain by 2030 and all social housing by 2025”, a policy it says will pay off in the urgent fight against climate change.
Hertfordshire Constabulary Chief Superintendent Nick Caveney, who made 29 more arrests on Monday for a total of 76 in total, warned of further traffic misery to come and said police were doing everything possible to stop protests before they cause traffic chaos.
Other police forces around the 117-mile (188-kilometer) ring road have also made dozens of arrests. Kent Police said Monday a dozen protesters were arrested at Dartford River Crossing, east of the UK capital, on suspicion of conspiring to cause public nuisance before they could access the road.
In an open letter to UK Home Secretary Priti Patel, the activist group said they wanted to “deeply apologize for the disruption” and offered to call off the campaign if the government opens a dialogue.
“We cannot imagine undertaking such acts under normal circumstances,” Insulate Britain said in the letter. “But we hope that you will find in yourself to come and meet us in an open dialogue, not so that we can agree but more to understand our differences. As soon as we have a meaningful statement that we can all trust, we will immediately cancel the campaign. That’s all we’re asking for.
Although dozens of protesters have been arrested over the course of the four protests, police are urged to take quicker action to end the protests.
“We are taking powers so that we can expel protesters when they threaten critical national infrastructure, when they threaten to cause serious economic damage and I think that is absolutely right,” Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Sunday. to reporters on the RAF Voyager on their way to New York for the United Nations General Assembly.
“And no, I don’t think these people are doing their cause any favors. I think what they are doing undermines a very important moral mission which is now widely shared by the people of this country, “he added.
Johnson is in New York to help deliver on climate commitments by countries around the world ahead of Britain’s November hosting of the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties, or COP26, in the Scottish city of Glasgow.
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