Just Stop Oil responds after driver 'runs over woman' during protest
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Just Stop Oil has responded after a driver was seen ramming into a protester.
The group, which wants to see an end to the government’s issuing of licenses for the exploration, development, and production of fossil fuels, has become infamous of late with a high-profile campaign of disruptive protest.
That has included getting onto the tables at the World Snooker Championship, blockading motorways and roads, and protesting at the 2022 British Grand Prix.
Now, footage has emerged that shows a driver seeming to run over a protester in North London as they attempted to stop traffic getting through.
The motorist didn’t fancy waiting around for the protesters to be cleared from the road, and put their foot down, running over the foot of one of the protesters in the process.
Then, the car quickly left the scene.
A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police told LADbible: "Police are appealing for witnesses and dash cam footage after a person was involved in a collision with a vehicle on Holloway Road, Islington, whilst engaged in a protest, at around 10:00hrs, today Tuesday 2 May.
"The incident was brought to police attention after being circulated on social media and shows the person being involved in collision with a grey Renault Megane.
"If you were the person or have any information about the incident please report by calling 101, tweeting @MetCC or online at www.met.police.uk/."
After the footage went viral, Just Stop Oil shared the video and commented how they believe that ‘inflammatory language’ from politicians and commentators has caused this end result.
The group tweeted: “After weeks of inflammatory language from politicians and right-wing media personalities, a car has finally rammed into a peaceful protest.
“Are you about to comment ‘Good!’ or ‘Stay out of the road?’
“Are you sure that the side you want to pick is the side of violence, of the repression of protest?
“What we do now determines the fate of humanity.
“You owe it to your children to do the right thing.”
Since they started protesting in 2022, many members of the group have been arrested for the disruption, with some even receiving short jail sentences.
Just Stop Oil released a statement on New Year’s Eve calling for police and courts to stop arresting and jailing activists.
The group wrote: “If you work in the police or the judiciary, you too must break the silence.
“You don’t have to arrest brave students and pensioners. You don’t have to lock up these courageous, skilled, loving members of society.
“If you choose to do that, know what you’re doing. You’re working for death, not life. For power and profit, not care and reason.
"Is that what you want your life’s legacy to be?”