Just Stop Oil protester says she’d be willing to leave her son and go to jail
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A Just Stop Oil protester has said she would be prepared to go to jail as she’s fighting for her son’s future.
The mum, whose son is almost seven, said she would ‘try very hard’ to not get banged up but said the time for ‘standing by’ and watching his future be ‘stolen’ had passed.
Campaigning group Just Stop Oil has pulled a number of bizarre and attention grabbing stunts in recent weeks, including chucking chocolate cake at the King Charles waxwork in Madam Tussauds and throwing soup over Van Gogh’s Sunflowers.
Lora Johnson, a spokesperson for Just Stop Oil, appeared on LBC where she spoke to Nick Ferrari about her reasons for protesting.
She told him: “I’m just a mother. I’m here standing up for the future of my son.
“Did you know 100,000 people die every year in the UK because of air pollution. That’s eleven people an hour. What about the families of those eleven people an hour?”
Referencing previous Just Stop Oil protesters who have been sent to prison, Ferrari asked if Johnson would be willing to go to jail in the name of protest.
To which she replied: “I’m a single mum so I’m going to try very hard not to [go to prison] but the time for standing by and watching my son’s future be stolen from him has gone. So, you can join in civil resistance against a corrupt government without getting arrested.”
When pushed further on whether she’d be prepared to do time for the cause, she added: “I would find that personally heartbreaking as would my son, but it would be something I’m willing to do, because I want him to have a future.”
Johnson also admitted to having previously taken illegal action but stressed she wouldn’t be doing that again as she didn’t want to be jailed and taken away from her young son.
She added: “I have done things that are illegal and I won’t be doing that anymore but I will be protesting and I will be joining in civil resistance.”
When asked why she’d stopped doing anything illegal, she replied: “Because I don’t want to risk being remanded in prison. I don’t want to. If it happens, it happens. But I won't be doing anything illegal for that to be happening - but I will be joining civil resistance against the government.”