Furious van driver who says he has to get his sick wife to hospital berates Just Stop Oil protesters

‘Have some respect for other people – not just yourselves!’: Furious van driver who says he has to get his sick wife to hospital turns the air blue as he berates Just Stop Oil protesters blocking the road

  • Just Stop Oil protesters blocked busy Shoreditch High Street in East London
  • Furious road user ripped banner away and dragged eco protesters out of road
  • One van driver claimed he desperately needed to get his sick wife to hospital 

Furious road users have resorted to dragging eco protesters out of the road and begging them to move today as Just Stop Oil blocked busy Shoreditch High Street in East London.

In one clip of the disruption, caused by 29 protesters who glued themselves to the road just after 12pm, a van driver claims he desperately needs to get his sick wife to hospital.

Tensions between the driver and activists reach boiling point as it appears as though he is driving towards members of the group, who are sitting on the floor. 

Several protesters jump up as the van approaches while a woman is heard screaming ‘No! Don’t do it!’ 

Members of the public film the driver as one asks him ‘Where are you going to go?’ before he explains: ‘My Mrs is not well, she needs to get to a hospital.’

‘Have some respect for other people,’ he added during the intense exchange. 

‘There’s other people who need to get to places.’

Meanwhile, another driver pleaded with the activists to get out the road before physically trying to remove them.

The fuming man can be seen snatching a banner off the Just Stop Oil protesters before yelling: ‘You all use fuel in some way or another… this is ridiculous get out the way!’

Members of the public film the driver as one asks him 'Where are you going to go?' before he explains: 'My Mrs is not well, she needs to get to a hospital'

Members of the public film the driver as one asks him ‘Where are you going to go?’ before he explains: ‘My Mrs is not well, she needs to get to a hospital’

Tensions between the driver and activists reach boiling point as it appears as though he is driving towards members of the group, who are sitting on the floor

 Tensions between the driver and activists reach boiling point as it appears as though he is driving towards members of the group, who are sitting on the floor

One fuming man can be seen snatching a banner off the Just Stop Oil protesters before yelling: 'You all use fuel in some way or another... this is ridiculous get out the way!'

One fuming man can be seen snatching a banner off the Just Stop Oil protesters before yelling: ‘You all use fuel in some way or another… this is ridiculous get out the way!’

He then lifts up one protester and drags him across the road, without any resistance from the man.

‘You need to be arrested… you are a public nuisance,’ he shouts while carrying the man across the road – to beeps of support from other drivers.

He does the same with another man while the other returns to his position in the middle of the road, before giving up.

He continues to shout: ‘Do you think you’re helping anything?’ he shouted. ‘This is a local community… go outside BP, go outside Shell, go and do this somewhere useful.’

'You need to be arrested... you are a public nuisance,' one man shouted while carrying a protester across the road - to beeps of support from other drivers.

‘You need to be arrested… you are a public nuisance,’ one man shouted while carrying a protester across the road – to beeps of support from other drivers.

In a statement the group said: ‘Just after 12pm, 29 supporters of Just Stop Oil disrupted traffic in Shoreditch on the fifteenth day of action during October. They are demanding that the government halts all new oil and gas licences and consents.

‘Supporters established a roadblock on Shoreditch High Street at the junction of Great Eastern Street, by sitting in the road with banners and gluing themselves to the tarmac.’

A JSO spokesperson said: ‘Yesterday, Just Stop Oil supporters threw soup over Van Gogh’s ‘Sunflowers’ on display at the National Gallery and paint over the Metropolitian Police’s iconic New Scotland Yard sign.

In a statement the group said: 'Just after 12pm, 29 supporters of Just Stop Oil disrupted traffic in Shoreditch on the fifteenth day of action during October'

In a statement the group said: ‘Just after 12pm, 29 supporters of Just Stop Oil disrupted traffic in Shoreditch on the fifteenth day of action during October’

Furious road users have resorted to dragging eco protesters out of the road amid the disruption today

Furious road users have resorted to dragging eco protesters out of the road amid the disruption today

‘We accept that both these actions have upset and provoked many people, as will the disruption caused by today’s road block.

‘But our art, culture and the rule of law is threatened—our heritage, rights and freedoms are being destroyed by our Government’s lies and the failure of politics, and right now, millions of people are facing the brutal impact of climate change.

‘Yet our Government is seeking to expand fossil fuel production.

‘Ending new oil and gas is a no brainer first step to stopping the harm.

‘The Government can at the very least end the disruption on the streets tomorrow by announcing this policy. They have changed their mind on everything else.’

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