Now Insulate Britain block PORT at Dover and climb on top of fuel tankers and lorries carrying petrol and food to Britain’s stricken forecourts and supermarkets as eco mob make a mockery of Priti Patel’s injunction
Insulate Britain protesters have blocked roads at the Port of Dover – making a mockery of Priti Patel‘s injunction against them.
More than 40 activists across two groups have blocked the A20 road in Kent which provides access to the Port of Dover.
The port is the busiest ferry port in Europe and is the UK’s main gateway for trade from the EU. The protest comes amid a growing supply crisis.
A shortage of lorry drivers has led to BP closing petrol stations and left some supermarkets with empty shelves. The shortage is already threatening to derail Christmas plans for Brits.
One eco-zealot even climbed on top of a tanker and refused to come down, while holding a sign that claimed he had been arrested four times previously.
Some of the activists sat down at the entrance to the terminal and glued themselves to the road, blocking off routes to the port.
They were confronted by angry drivers, with one saying the demonstration stopped her from getting to her granddaughter.
Another said: ‘Do you realise that you’re actually losing the cause because I would’ve supported you but I’ve got children that are supposed to be going to school.’
Insulate Britain has shut down parts of the M25 motorway around London five times in just over a week in a bid to force the Government to insulate and retrofit homes across the UK to cut climate emissions.
The move, which has seen hundreds arrested, has prompted an angry backlash in some quarters.
The Government has successfully applied to the High Court for an order which prohibits anyone from blocking the M25 with those breaking the injunction facing a possible two years in prison or an unlimited fine. However, the group appeared to make a mockery of the injunction this morning by holding up traffic at the Port of Dover.
Insulate Britain protesters blocking the A20 in Kent, this morning, which provides access to the Port of Dover in Kent
he environmental activists have moved location after been banned from campaigning on the M25 motorway in London
Protest group Insulate Britain say more than 40 supporters across two groups have blocked the A20 road in Kent which provides access to the Port of Dover
The port is the busiest ferry port in Europe and is the UK’s main gateway for trade from the EU
Access to the port was blocked by the group with an ambulance also seemingly stopped
Long traffic queues were spotted outside the port shortly after the group staged its protest
The spokesperson added: ‘We are sorry for the disruption that we are causing. It seems to be the only way to keep the issue of insulation on the agenda and to draw attention to how poorly insulated homes are causing ill health, misery and early death for many thousands of people.
‘We are failing the country’s cold hungry families and the elderly and placing an enormous burden on the NHS.
‘Insulating our leaky homes is one of the most cost-effective ways to reduce carbon emissions and it has all these additional benefits – reducing fuel poverty, creating jobs, reducing the burden on the NHS and protecting people from overheating during future heat waves. It’s a no-brainer. Boris just needs to get on with the job.’
A spokesperson for Insulate Britain outlined why the group, which wants the Government to insulate and retrofit homes across the UK, blocked Europe’s busiest ferry port on Friday morning.
They said: ‘We are blocking Dover this morning to highlight that fuel poverty is killing people in Dover and across the UK.
‘We need a Churchillian response: We must tell the truth about the urgent horror of the climate emergency. Change at the necessary speed and scale requires economic disruption.
‘We wish it wasn’t true, but it is. It’s why the 2000 fuel protests got a U-turn in policy and gave Blair his biggest challenge as Prime Minister.’