Environmental activists from the group Just Stop Oil attacked a dealership of the luxury car brand Aston Martin in central London on Sunday, as part of their series of actions that began in early October against the exploitation of hydrocarbons.
As a group of activists blocked traffic on Park Lane, one of the capital's swankiest thoroughfares bordering Hyde Park on Sunday morning, one of them sprayed orange paint on the dealership's window Aston Martin located in this street.
The Just Stop Oil group launched a series of daily actions and blockades in the capital in early October. On Friday, two activists attacked Van Gogh's masterpiece “Sunflowers” at the National Gallery.
They are calling on the government of Liz Truss to put an end to the exploitation of hydrocarbons in the country, exploitation that the Prime Minister has decided to accelerate.
Faced with these recurring demonstrations, the government has decided to strengthen the powers of the police.
In an article published Sunday in The Mail on Sunday, the Minister of the Interior Suella Braverman, announced that the law on security currently being examined in Parliament will give the police new powers to take more “proactive” action against these groups, whose “guerrilla” actions they have already denounced in the past.
The new law “will strengthen the security of transport networks, oil terminals and printing plants”, to protect “capital national infrastructures or access to essential goods and services”, she indicated.
Several members of Just Stop Oil have already received prison sentences for their actions.
In addition to Just Stop Oil, the minister specifically targets the Insulate Britain movements, which demand the isolation of housing, or the environmental movement Extinction Rebellion, the latter having also planned a mobilization this weekend in the British capital.