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Just Stop Oil march along the Old Kent Road, causing major disruption

Climate action group Just Stop oil came to South London this morning to block a major road and cause enormous traffic jams.

At 8am, around 15 Just Stop Oil supporters wearing hi-vis vests walked into the road at the Bricklayers Arms roundabout.

The protesters slowly marched along the Old Kent Road in Southwark, bringing rush hour traffic to a standstill.

Just Stop Oil protester in the Old Kent Road (Picture: Just Stop Oil)

The march continued through South London, followed by at least three police vehicles and up to 10 police officers.

Sam Griffiths, 47, a father and designer from Walthamstow, said: “I feel sick seeing how little is happening to address climate breakdown, the biggest crisis humanity has ever faced.

“And our Government is actively making things worse. Granting more than 100 new oil licences is indefensible and goes against everything that science says we need to do.

“I started actively supporting Just Stop Oil after we had 40C in the UK for the first time in recorded history. It scared the s*** out of me. I looked at my boy and realised I couldn’t just continue to do nothing.

“I’m sick of the weasel words of our politicians. Fake crying at COP then getting back home to sign more oil deals. It’s disgusting and will kill everything we love… if we let it happen. I’m no longer prepared to just stand by and watch.”

The Met tweeted about the event saying: “Just Stop Oil began a protest this morning from the Old Kent Road area. The group was small and they walked between the road and the pavement and officers were with them throughout.

“We know it’s frustrating to see them walking slowly in the roads but as they have been small in number and traffic is able to move around them, we are less likely to be able to arrest and prosecute them for unlawful obstruction.”

Pictured top: Just Stop Oil protesters at the roundabout by the Bricklayers Arms (Picture: Just Stop Oil)

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