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The moment Insulate Britain protesters were squirted in the face with ink as they blocked a busy road in Acton was caught on camera, with footage showing a man moving along the line of campaigners with a squeezy bottle.
The group - which wants the Government to insulate all UK homes by 2030 to cut carbon emissions - had been blocking the A40 this morning (Wednesday 27 October).
Journalist Vinne O'Dowd captured the moment a man began spraying ink in campaigners faces as they sat on the floor to create a human barrier across the road.
Insulate Britain protestors Inked this morning on A40 pic.twitter.com/uNGI7lK5d4
- Vinnie O'Dowd (@VinnieoDowd) October 27, 2021
Christian, a 77-year-old retired doctor who was covered in ink, said the situation was 'sad'.
He told Greatest Hits London Radio News this morning: "It's sad that we have to do this. I hate doing it.
"I'm a retired doctor, I spent my life trying to help people and I'm reduced to having to do this, because the Government won't address the problem adequately."
Another member said she was prepared to lose her home and go to jail for the cause.
Suzie, 47, from Cambridge, who works in childcare, said: "If going to prison and losing my home is what it takes to get the Government to do the right thing and cut our carbon emissions then it's a price worth paying.
"I can't be a bystander while this Government betrays the public, our children and future generations by failing to defend our country from the climate crisis.
"Insulating Britain's leaky homes has to come first. It will cut out a huge chunk of our carbon emissions, help families struggling with their energy bills and end fuel poverty.
"It's such a basic first step that you have to wonder why the Government refuses to act. Don't they care?"
The latest action comes after a new nationwide injunction was granted against the protesters, which means they could be jailed if they block any motorway or major A road across England.
In a statement, Insulate Britain said: "Insulate Britain has blocked part of the A40 in West London and a roundabout in Dartford this morning after declaring the M25 a site of nonviolent civil resistance yesterday.
"We are demanding that the Government gets on with the job of insulating Britain's homes, starting with the homes of the poorest people in the country."
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