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Man Begs Protestors To Move So He Can Get Home To His Sick Child

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Man Begs Protestors To Move So He Can Get Home To His Sick Child

An NHS worker in the UK has been captured pleading with protestors to stop blocking a busy road in central London so he can get home to see his child.

The protestors are part of the Insulate Britain movement, who are calling for a national programme to ensure homes are insulated to be low energy by 2030.

In the video, the man begs demonstrators to let him through.

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"My child is sick. I need to get home to my child... this is really wrong. You've got to think about other people as well. I'm not well. How am I going to get home?" he said.

The Insulate Britain supporters were blocking busy roads in Vauxhall and the Lambeth Bridge as part of a movement to cause traffic chaos across the UK to bring attention to their cause.

The protest held over the weekend was to protest the jailing of nine Insulate Britain members.

Police shut down the two bridges, which were being blocked during the protest, stopping traffic from passing between the north and south of London. The bridges were closed for five hours with traffic diverted during the shutdown.

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In the background of the video, protesters could be heard chanting: "What do we want? Climate Justice. When do we want it? Now."

Thirty protesters were arrested by the end of the day, with Insulate Britain confirming it did not organise the protest and that it was community-led.

In response to the ongoing protests, the government has taken out a number of court injunctions to try to prevent further action. They have also announced new powers that will hopefully target future protests.

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The nine protesters who were jailed took part in protests on the M25 motorway on October 8.

Vuk Valcic / Alamy Stock Photo
Vuk Valcic / Alamy Stock Photo

Eight were sentenced to four months in prison while a ninth received a six-month sentence.

According to the Insulate Britain website, the group is pushing for insulation across British homes to 'save thousands of lives and prevent economic and social collapse'.

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"Each year in the UK, hundreds of thousands of families are forced to choose between heating or eating, cold children or hungry children, and many 1000s die because they are too cold," the website reads.

"Insulating the homes of Britain will save lives and provide warm homes while pound for pound making the most effective contribution to reducing carbon and providing meaningful jobs. Insulating Britain is the levelling up agenda writ large."

Featured Image Credit: Vuk Valcic / Alamy Stock Photo

Topics: climate change, News, UK

Hannah Blackiston
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