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Oil protester gives remarkably composed interview while being carried away by police

Dominic Smithers

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Oil protester gives remarkably composed interview while being carried away by police

A protester has been praised for her calm response after being arrested and carried away by police.

Crowds of Just Stop Oil and Extinction Rebellion campaigners took to a number of major London bridges over the weekend, bringing the roads to a standstill.

Photos from the demonstration show protesters holding up placards and banners demanding that the UK government acts now to prevent further climate catastrophe.

Credit: @camerazoe/Twitter
Credit: @camerazoe/Twitter

However, a number of people were also seen being handcuffed and led away by police, with one woman actually carried away by a group of officers.

But while most people would panic in a situation like this, and for good reason, she used the opportunity to lay out her reasons for taking part in the protest.

In a video posted to Twitter, the woman can be heard saying: "I’m doing this for my son – the government’s inaction on climate change is a death sentence for us all.


"The United Nations has said we should have no new oil. Liz Truss wants to open 130 new oil licences – that’s a death sentence for this planet."

Since the footage was shared, the woman in question has been lauded for the clam manner in which she discussed the campaign.

One user said: "She makes more sense being carried away by arresting police officers than most politicians can muster at a lectern."

Echoing the praise, another commented: "How to do a media interview while being carried away by police for protest. 10/10, no notes."

"Powerful but heartbreaking," put a third.

The protester has been praised for her calm response. Credit: @cameraZoe/Twitter
The protester has been praised for her calm response. Credit: @cameraZoe/Twitter

While yet another added: "This hero is a more coherent speaker in this situation than the current Prime Minister is sitting in a pre planned interview that she’s spent days preparing for."

LADbible has contacted Met Police for comment.

This comes after a woman was arrested for dumping urine and faeces on Sir Captain Tom’s memorial.

Those will remember the war hero as the man who raised millions of pounds for NHS charities by walking 100 laps of his garden during the pandemic.

Following the feat, the late British Army officer passed away in February 2021 aged 100, and shortly after a metal statue was set up to commemorate his life in Derbyshire.

But over the weekend, footage emerged of a climate activist named Maddie Budd pouring human waste all over the sculpture in what was evidently a protest against private jets.

Maddie Budd filmed herself pouring urine and faeces on the Captain Tom memorial. Credit: Twitter/End UK Private Jets
Maddie Budd filmed herself pouring urine and faeces on the Captain Tom memorial. Credit: Twitter/End UK Private Jets

Wearing a t-shirt with the message 'End UK Private Jets' across the front, the 21-year-old stands on a crate and pours the grim mixture all over the memorial. 

Though footage of the incident was shared by the End UK Private Jets Twitter page, and Budd herself shared a lengthy statement standing by her dirty demonstration, the Met arrested her on behalf of Derbyshire Police.

A spokesperson for the force told LADbible: "A woman was arrested at 1440 at Waterloo Bridge for criminal damage, an arrest on behalf of Derbyshire Constabulary, following an incident in Hatton on Saturday, 1 October."

Adding to this, End UK Private Jets wrote: "Maddie has been arrested on suspicion of causing criminal damage, and escorted to custody by about 18 police officers."

Featured Image Credit: @camerazoe/Twitter

Topics: UK News, Politics, London

Dominic Smithers
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