- Bail conditions banned London activists from ‘preventing further crime’
Just Stop Oil has complained about the strict bail conditions imposed on its activists yesterday after they were banned from entering London over their disruptive protests.
More than 60 environmentalists were arrested in Parliament Square on Monday as the group launched a 30-day campaign of disruption of “unprecedented proportions”.
According to the Metropolitan Police, 31 protesters have been charged, 17 of them have been bailed ahead of their court appearance and 14 have been remanded in custody.
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It said: “Entering London within the M25 motorway is not permitted unless one is required to pay bail at a police station, attend a court hearing or see a lawyer by appointment.”
Just Stop Oil protesters blocked traffic by marching “slowly” through Parliament Square before dozens of protesters were arrested by police, October 30, 2023
Police arrest an activist during a Just Stop Oil protest in Parliament Square on October 30
Reacting to the bail conditions, the group said: “The Met Police like to say they want to ‘facilitate’ protests.”
“The conditions imposed on those arrested show otherwise.” “No protests on the streets in London… In fact, you don’t even enter London… we want the police to investigate the real criminals.”
This comes after Scotland Yard told environmental enthusiasts it was “unacceptable” that officers’ time and resources were being wasted at a time when hate crime is on the rise and fears of a terrorist attack are rising due to the Israel-Gaza conflict.
Dozens of officers and police vehicles were pulled away from other frontline operations during Monday’s protests, with activists in orange high-visibility vests blocking streets and “slow marching” until they were arrested.
The environmental activist group, founded in early 2022, has received criticism and praise for its protest methods, which include blocking roads and destroying buildings. Pictured: An activist is arrested in Parliament Square, London, on October 30
Met Commander Kyle Gordon said: “This is an extremely busy time for officers across London as they provide security to communities following the escalation of the conflict between Israel and Hamas.”
“It is unacceptable that we must redeploy officers who are carrying out vital work in their communities at a time when high numbers of hate crimes are being reported to us, to the Just Stop Oil Police.”
“We also know that the majority of the public has reached their limit of tolerance with Just Stop Oil, which occasionally spills over into violence.” “It is clear that the public has had enough.”