Sunday, May 26News For London

“Climate Terrorism is how I’d call it”: Londoners respond to Just Stop Oil’s new stint

Climate change protesters spray-paint multiple buildings in Central London, including the Bank of England.

Image credit: Xiaoyue Zhang. The doors of the Bank of England is spray painted orange by protestors of Just Stop Oil.

Just Stop Oil protestors spray painted the Bank of England orange this morning with slogans reading “No new oil and gas.”

Six eco-activists have used fire extinguishers and painted the Home Office, M15 headquarters, the Bank of England, and the headquarters of News Corp located in Central London.

Video credit: Xiaoyue Zhang and Sanjana Radhakrishna.

The group targeted these buildings to “represent the four pillars that support and maintain the power of the fossil fuel economy — government, security, finance, and media.”

Just Stop Oil wrote in a Twitter post: “We are acting to stop new oil and gas because it is the right thing to do.” In a video they uploaded, a woman is seen with a spray can, painting the name of the group on the walls of the Bank of England.

Tez Burns, a 31-year-old Swansea mechanic spray painted Thames House orange this morning marking 31 days of ongoing protests. In a video that the Twitter page of the group posted, he could be seen standing in front of the orange-painted Thames house. He said: “I want our future back”

Over the last few months, the group has caused shockwaves. Particularly when two young activists threw tins of soup at Van Gogh’s Sunflowers painting at the National Gallery.  

On Sunday, the group caused a roadblock at London’s east end. The group stated in their press release: “This is not a one-day event, expect us every day and anywhere.” 

Just Stop Oil in their own words is a “coalition of groups” working to end licensing of fossil fuels in the UK. Essentially, working as a pressure group. 

They are relatively new, gaining recognition from their protests in March for tying themselves to a goalpost of a football game. According to The Independent, the organisers of this group were previously involved with well-known climate campaigning organisations like Extinction Rebellion and Insulate Britain.

The group garnered attention every other week with coordinated demonstrations. Londoners are particularly affected due to some of the ways these eco-activists choose to protest.

Just two days ago, motorists in Central London dragged protesters from Just Stop Oil, who were disrupting traffic. Angry Londoners moved protesters onto pavements away from the roads they were blocking. 

“I think it’s just shocking, but I don’t think it will achieve anything, “ said Philippa Smith, a Londoner on the scene at the Bank of England. 

Darren, a programmer in the city commented on the group’s activities. He said: “It’s more positive than doing nothing.”