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UK Announces Plans To Crack Down On Climate Protests : by Tyler Durden

UK Announces Plans To Crack Down On Climate Protests

Authored by Alexander Zhang via The Epoch Times (emphasis ours),

UK Home Secretary Suella Braverman has unveiled plans for a major crackdown on disruptive protests by climate activists, whom she described as “thugs and vandals” trying to hold the public “to ransom.”

Home Secretary Suella Braverman speaking during the Conservative Party annual conference at the International Convention Centre in Birmingham on Oct. 4, 2022. (Jacob King/PA Media)

Climate activists from groups such as Extinction Rebellion, Just Stop Oil, and Insulate Britain have staged various protests and demonstrations in recent months, causing widespread disruption.

Braverman said: “I will not bend to protestors attempting to hold the British public to ransom. Preventing our emergency services from reaching those who desperately need them is indefensible, hideously selfish, and in no way in the public interest.

Police officers remove a campaigner from a Just Stop Oil protest on The Mall, near Buckingham Palace, London, on Oct. 10, 2022. (Jonathan Brady/PA Media)

“This serious and dangerous disruption, let alone the vandalism, is not a freedom of expression, nor a human right. It must stop.”

In an op-ed for The Mail on Sunday, she wrote: “Enough is enough. Getting in the way of ambulances, fire engines, and cars carrying babies to hospital isn’t just illegal, it’s monstrously selfish.”

She said the public expects the police to “do a better job of cracking down on these thugs and vandals.”

If they think they’re above the law, they’re sorely mistaken,” she added.

More Police Powers

The home secretary said she will give the police new powers to take a more “proactive” approach to some protests.

Accusing protesters of draining police resources, Braverman will use the government’s Public Order Bill to allow secretaries of state to apply for injunctions in the public interest where protests are causing or threatening “serious disruption or a serious adverse impact on public safety.”

“The mob needs to be stopped”

Home Secretary Suella Braverman says police must have “all the powers they need” to stop protestors who use “guerrilla tactics” to bring “chaos and misery to the law-abiding majority”https://t.co/d2b6Mcryax pic.twitter.com/oj5lt9Ou63

— BBC Politics (@BBCPolitics) October 4, 2022

The Home Office said the proposed public order legislation would create a new criminal offence of interfering with infrastructure such as oil refineries, airports, railways, and printing presses.

Such an offence would carry a maximum sentence of 12 months in prison, an unlimited fine, or both.

“Locking on” or “going equipped to lock-on” to other people, objects, or buildings to cause “serious disruption” could see people imprisoned for six months or hit with an unlimited fine.

A new criminal offence of tunnelling to cause serious disruption is also being created, which will carry a maximum penalty of three years’ imprisonment as well as the potential for an unlimited fine.

An offence of going equipped to tunnel will also be created.

Oil Protests

Handout photo issued by Just Stop Oil of two protesters who have thrown tinned soup at Vincent Van Gogh’s 1888 work Sunflowers at the National Gallery in London, on Oct. 14, 2022. (PA Media/Just Stop Oil)

More than 350 Just Stop Oil protesters have been arrested in London since the start of October, according to Home Office figures.

Over the past fortnight, the group has caused disruptions in central London by blocking key roads, including The Mall in front of Buckingham Palace.

On Friday, 2 members of the group were arrested in the National Gallery in London after throwing tinned soup at Vincent Van Gogh’s Sunflowers, one of the Dutch artist’s most famous paintings.

PA Media contributed to this report.

Tyler Durden
Tue, 10/18/2022 – 05:00

​ UK Announces Plans To Crack Down On Climate Protests

Authored by Alexander Zhang via The Epoch Times (emphasis ours),

UK Home Secretary Suella Braverman has unveiled plans for a major crackdown on disruptive protests by climate activists, whom she described as “thugs and vandals” trying to hold the public “to ransom.”
Home Secretary Suella Braverman speaking during the Conservative Party annual conference at the International Convention Centre in Birmingham on Oct. 4, 2022. (Jacob King/PA Media)

Climate activists from groups such as Extinction Rebellion, Just Stop Oil, and Insulate Britain have staged various protests and demonstrations in recent months, causing widespread disruption.

Braverman said: “I will not bend to protestors attempting to hold the British public to ransom. Preventing our emergency services from reaching those who desperately need them is indefensible, hideously selfish, and in no way in the public interest.
Police officers remove a campaigner from a Just Stop Oil protest on The Mall, near Buckingham Palace, London, on Oct. 10, 2022. (Jonathan Brady/PA Media)

“This serious and dangerous disruption, let alone the vandalism, is not a freedom of expression, nor a human right. It must stop.”

In an op-ed for The Mail on Sunday, she wrote: “Enough is enough. Getting in the way of ambulances, fire engines, and cars carrying babies to hospital isn’t just illegal, it’s monstrously selfish.”

She said the public expects the police to “do a better job of cracking down on these thugs and vandals.”

“If they think they’re above the law, they’re sorely mistaken,” she added.

More Police Powers

The home secretary said she will give the police new powers to take a more “proactive” approach to some protests.

Accusing protesters of draining police resources, Braverman will use the government’s Public Order Bill to allow secretaries of state to apply for injunctions in the public interest where protests are causing or threatening “serious disruption or a serious adverse impact on public safety.”

“The mob needs to be stopped”
Home Secretary Suella Braverman says police must have “all the powers they need” to stop protestors who use “guerrilla tactics” to bring “chaos and misery to the law-abiding majority”https://t.co/d2b6Mcryax pic.twitter.com/oj5lt9Ou63
— BBC Politics (@BBCPolitics) October 4, 2022
The Home Office said the proposed public order legislation would create a new criminal offence of interfering with infrastructure such as oil refineries, airports, railways, and printing presses.

Such an offence would carry a maximum sentence of 12 months in prison, an unlimited fine, or both.

“Locking on” or “going equipped to lock-on” to other people, objects, or buildings to cause “serious disruption” could see people imprisoned for six months or hit with an unlimited fine.

A new criminal offence of tunnelling to cause serious disruption is also being created, which will carry a maximum penalty of three years’ imprisonment as well as the potential for an unlimited fine.

An offence of going equipped to tunnel will also be created.

Oil Protests
Handout photo issued by Just Stop Oil of two protesters who have thrown tinned soup at Vincent Van Gogh’s 1888 work Sunflowers at the National Gallery in London, on Oct. 14, 2022. (PA Media/Just Stop Oil)

More than 350 Just Stop Oil protesters have been arrested in London since the start of October, according to Home Office figures.

Over the past fortnight, the group has caused disruptions in central London by blocking key roads, including The Mall in front of Buckingham Palace.

On Friday, 2 members of the group were arrested in the National Gallery in London after throwing tinned soup at Vincent Van Gogh’s Sunflowers, one of the Dutch artist’s most famous paintings.

PA Media contributed to this report.

Tyler Durden
Tue, 10/18/2022 – 05:00 

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