Just Stop Oil protesters blocked a paramedic trying to respond to a 'life and death' emergency as they descended on Waterloo Bridge, bringing rus
Video and pictures from the scene showed a blue light ambulance unable to get past amid the gridlock traffic, as protesters were seen slow marching and lying on the wet pavement.
A paramedic begged police to be given access through the road, saying he was trying to save someone’s life.
The driver of the ambulance told The Telegraph: ‘I am responding to a life-and-death emergency – I am going to pick up a team from Guy’s hospital to save someone’s life at another hospital but can’t get through.’
A furious passerby shouted at the activists to ‘protest in the right place’ as the ambulance’s sirens blared. Officers reportedly said they were working to let the paramedic through as quickly as they could.
JSO’s demonstration began at about 9.30am and the Metropolitan Police told them to move out of the road to continue protesting on the pavement.
Scotland Yard said they were on scene within a minute of the report and began making arrests when the protesters failed to comply with the order – they now estimate the number of arrests made has past 40.
Video and pictures from the scene showed a blue light ambulance unable to get past amid the gridlock traffic
A furious passerby shouted at the activists to ‘protest in the right place’ as the ambulance’s sirens blared
Just Stop Oil protesters on Waterloo Bridge in London today as they slow march in the road
Just Stop Oil protesters sit on Waterloo Bridge today as they are spoken to by police officers
An activist from Just Stop Oil lies on a wet pavement as they block traffic on Waterloo Bridge
Demonstrators also shouted ‘woah, go around the side’ as a defiant cyclist rode straight through a crowd of them outside Waterloo station.
Police added: ‘A group of five Just Stop Oil activists, who were part of the original demonstration on Waterloo Bridge, are slow marching along The Strand.
‘These are the final activists in the road. Officers are with them and making arrests.’
The Met Police earlier confirmed 44 Just Stop Oil activists have been charged following disruption on Monday.
They said this includes two people for causing criminal damage at the National Gallery.
In total, 98 charges and 219 arrests have been made since October 30.
‘We’re removing officers from communities to police these demonstrations,’ officers said.
‘Ultimately, it’s Londoners who are bearing the brunt and cost of their actions.’
A large police presence can be seen at the central London scene this morning
A Met Police officer dealing with JSO protesters lying on the ground
Scotland Yard said they are removing officers from communities to deal with these incidents
The protesters brought rush hour traffic to a standstill on Wednesday morning
The demonstration began at about 9.30am, and the Metropolitan Police told the activists to move out of the road to continue protesting on the pavement
Just Stop Oil activists brought Whitehall to a grinding halt on Monday as they marched towards the Cenotaph.
The eco-mob were pictured lying next to the sacred war memorial as Metropolitan Police officers arrested around 100 of the zealots during the slow march stunt.
One police officer told reporters at the scene that the protesters had been moved to the Cenotaph ‘to get them off the road’, adding: ‘It was for their own safety – obviously it’s quite a busy road.’
Just Stop Oil accused politicians who claimed they targeted the war memorial of spreading ‘lies’. In a statement, the eco-group said: ‘The slow march was moving down Whitehall when it was stopped by a line of police near the Cenotaph. Our supporters are refusing to cooperate with the police and many of them lay down on the ground. It was pure coincidence that this happened to be near the Cenotaph.’
Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper posted on X that ‘targeting the Cenotaph is totally unacceptable’. She added: ‘Full support for the police in taking necessary enforcement action.’
Earlier on Monday, JSO smashed the protective glass on the Rokeby Venus oil painting at the National Gallery in a stunt they claimed emulated the Suffragettes in the early 20th Century.