Just Stop Oil will continue disruptive protests, telling GB News ‘annoying people works’

Environmental protesters blocked The Mall outside Buckingham Palace on Monday.

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An environment protester has told GB News they will continue to cause problems on the roads because “annoying people works”.

Speaking to Patrick Christys, Just Stop Oil spokesperson James Skeet said he “empathised” with those caught up in the traffic disruption but insisted they will not stop their action.

Patrick Christys joked his hand would be glued together with environmental activist's James Skeet
Patrick Christys joked his hand would be glued together with environmental activist's James Skeet

“A bit of traffic disruption is a drop in the ocean to the disruption we’ve already seen and that is coming along in the not-too-distant future.”

When asked by Patrick Christys, Mr Skeet said: “Annoying people works.

“History’s shown non-violent civil resistance is the most effective means of bringing about the kinds of societal shift we have with the time we have left.

“Unfortunately, annoying people works. I wish hold a placard was as effective.”

Environmental protesters blocked The Mall outside Buckingham Palace in a demonstration against new fossil fuel licences.

Around two dozen activists in high-visibility orange vests sat in the road holding Just Stop Oil banners on Monday morning.

Police officers remove a campaigner from a Just Stop Oil protest on The Mall, near Buckingham Palace, London. Activists have been blocking roads in central London since the start of October as part of their campaign to stop future gas and oil projects from going ahead. Picture date: Monday October 10, 2022.
Police officers remove a campaigner from a Just Stop Oil protest on The Mall, near Buckingham Palace, London. Activists have been blocking roads in central London since the start of October as part of their campaign to stop future gas and oil projects from going ahead. Picture date: Monday October 10, 2022.

Police at the scene said they made 25 arrests after disruption lasting just over two hours.

The protesters, who travelled from Scotland, said they felt the need to act after the UK Government gave its backing in September to an expansion of oil and gas operations in the North Sea.

The North Sea Transition Authority (NSTA) is expected to undertake a new round of oil and gas licensing this month.