Fed up British Drivers Respond Accordingly After Eco-Activists Block Traffic on a Busy Roadway – RedState
During the Antifa/Black Lives Matter-led “protests” that took place last year here in the U.S. after the officer-involved death of Minneapolis resident George Floyd, there were numerous instances where so-called “peaceful protesters” took over busy streets, blocking them and preventing the normal flow of traffic from one place to the next in an effort to spread their warped “Defund the Police” message, a message that backfired spectacularly on House Democrats in the November 2020 elections.
There were angry confrontations in some instances where either the demonstrators surrounded the vehicle or jumped on the vehicle, or the irritated drivers proceeded to try their luck and approached the agitators who were blocking the streets, trying to force their way through. Injuries and arrests were reported at some of them. In a couple of instances, deaths were reported as a result of the confrontations.
In any event, I said all that to say that many of us here in the states can definitely identify with the feelings of frustration and anger over being prevented from going where one needs to go due to a street-blocking “sit-in” protest being put on by radical left-wing activists, whether it be on your way to work, to visit family and/or friends, or to just be out for a leisurely stroll as one often does, especially on a beautiful fall day like today.
During recent environmental protests in the United Kingdom, those feelings of anger and frustration boiled over for some fed-up British drivers including those on the way to work and at least one man who told a local news outlet that he had lost a job opportunity because he couldn’t get past the protesters who had made him over an hour late for his interview.
Some of the angry drivers proceeded to take matters into their own hands after unsuccessfully trying to get past blocked roadways where the eco-activists sat down and demonstrated:
NEW – Enraged drivers starting to drag “Insulate Britain” eco-mob activists off the road because they have to go to work.pic.twitter.com/2c4UziA0o1
— Disclose.tv (@disclosetv) October 13, 2021
Forty minutes after Insulate Britain blocked major roads in an industrial estate by Purfleet docks, there is no sign of police.
Drivers are taking matters into their own hands pic.twitter.com/bDR0crzum9
— Rachael Venables (@rachaelvenables) October 13, 2021
Drivers have fought back against eco-mob Insulate Britain, dragging them out of the road after they blocked a junction near Dartford Crossing.
— LBC (@LBC) October 13, 2021
In all the videos I’ve seen, there was no violence committed. It was just drivers getting out of their cars and pulling those sitting down over to the side of the road.
Apparently, the driver-inspired campaign to literally get these people off the streets has gotten results, as the “Insulate Britain” group has at least temporarily called off future sit-down protests, proclaiming that they’re doing so in response to a speech made by Prime Minister Boris Johnson where he said we’ve reached a “critical turning point” on the environment:
Eco protesters who have infuriated motorists by blocking roads have agreed to suspend campaigning after a Boris Johnson speech.
… motorists may enjoy some brief respite from their disruption as the group decided to stop campaigning until October 25 – ahead of the crucial COP26 UN climate talks in Glasgow.
However, the “Leading Britain’s Conversation” (LBC) website pointed out that the decision also came after the numerous videos surfaced of the protesters being dragged off the streets:
The statement also comes a day after a protest in Essex, near the Purfleet ferry terminal, where Insulate Britain activists enraged drivers who took matters into their own hands and dragged them out of the road.
Here’s a longer video showing drivers taking action against the activists:
These types of tactics, if used here in the U.S., would lead to accusations of “violence!” and “you’re violating my free speech rights!” but in the U.K. it appears that at least some of the drivers understand there’s got to be a delicate balance between expressing your political opinions on roadways and allowing people to get to work, school, and job interviews unimpeded.