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HGV Driver 'Loses Job' Because Insulate Britain Protester Blocked Road

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HGV Driver 'Loses Job' Because Insulate Britain Protester Blocked Road

Motorists have clashed once again with protestors as Insulate Britain blocked roads around a major London bridge today (13 October).

Around 40 protestors from the group have been out this morning, preventing drivers from getting across the Queen Elizabeth II bridge and over to the Purfleet Freight Terminal.

One man even claimed that he had lost a job as a result of the disruption.

Speaking to LBC, the man said that he had just missed out on a job interview because the protestors had made him an hour late for an interview.

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He said: "I've lost my job interview because of these lot here, for a skip driver. I'm a HGV (driver) - look at this lot, none of them work, they're all retired.

"I've lost it (the job opportunity), I've been told, I've lost it because I'm too late because of these. I'm an hour late because of this lot.

"I've got two young children."

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Once again, tensions rose, with drivers seen pulling the protestors out from the roads to allow traffic to move.

"This is not helping," said one motorist. "This is going to gridlock the whole area.

"You've made your point.

"My business is on its knees - we've got massive haulage problems in the UK.

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"Look at my warehouse there - how am I going to insulate that?"

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Credit: Alamy

Insulate Britain has been calling on the government to make sure that all of the country's social housing is insulated by 2025.

For the past month, the group has been blocking some of the country's major roads, including the M25 and the Port of Dover, where injunctions have since been put in place banning them from gathering.

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A couple of weeks ago, footage was shared showing a woman pleading desperately with protestors who had blocked by Blackwall Tunnel in east London as she tried to rush to hospital to visit her mother.

Confronting the protestors directly, she said: "She's in the ambulance, she's going to the hospital in Canterbury, do you think I'm stupid?

"I need to go to the hospital, please let me pass. This isn't okay... How can you be so selfish?"

Credit: LBC
Credit: LBC
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Roger Hallam - who co-founded Extinction Rebellion, of which Insulate Britain is an off-shoot - subsequently appeared on The London Economic's Unbreak the Planet podcast to discuss the events, saying he stood by the protestors.

Host Mike Galsworthy asked him: "What would you do in this situation, if it was not an Insulate Britain protest, but a Roger Hallam protest, in that circumstance, what would you do?"

Hallam replied: "I'd stay there."

Galsworthy then said: "And if it were an ambulance, and there was someone that could potentially die in there, would you stay there?"

Without hesitation, Hallam said: "Yep."

Featured Image Credit: LBC

Topics: UK News, Drivers, London, Protest

Dominic Smithers
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