ECO-WARRIORS affixed itself to the M25 during its second protest of the week, sparking travel chaos during a crowded blockade.
Some 89 activists from Insulate Britain blocked traffic on the country’s busiest motorway this morning – before police arrested 32 protesters hours later.
One crowd blocked Junction 23 in South Mims, Hertfordshire, while another blocked the main carriageway from Junction 8 in Regate to Junction 9 in Leatherhead in Surrey.
Some people have also pasted their hands on the road in the Dartford crossing area at junctions 1A and 1B.
Climate change groups, wearing hi-vis and branding banners reading ‘Please turn off your engine’, drowned themselves in the middle of the road at both locations.
Protesters also put up signs saying “sorry for the disruption” as angry drivers quickly lost patience.
Some stranded motorists shouted “we will lose our jobs” and honked their horns but the protesters refused to budge.
The other shouted: “Go and find something better to do with your life.”
A lone police officer eventually came to the fore, but made a feeble attempt to dislodge activists who broke the law and the Highway Code.
The cop put his hand in his pocket and just said: “I have to tell you to move.”
He didn’t even look at the group as he had made his weak order before going back to his car.
Representatives from Insulate Britain are calling on the government to “make significant legislative changes to reduce emissions”.
A spokesman said they were again taking action today to keep Britain’s homes safe and create thousands of jobs and save lives.
Among those caught after 8 a.m. was an NHS worker trying to go home after the night shift.
Jay told LBC: “I’m exhausted. I’m not happy with the situation.”
Pharmacist Graham Weidl, who is unable to go to work, said: “I need to open a pharmacy in Soho.
“We all support climate change, we all support sustainability and we all support a more regenerative way of life. But it doesn’t help.”
And one man said on Twitter that his nurse wife was trying to get her elderly mother to hospital immediately, but was stopped by “these Muppets”.
‘It doesn’t help’
In response to the criticism, a spokesperson for Insulet UK said: “You are angry. So are we. You fear for your job. We are too. You feel powerless. So we did.”
“But sitting on the street, Boris Johnson gets up and takes notice. So we’re stuck until 10 Downing Street starts work.”
He continued: “The people in the car are angry, they are angry, they are disappointed. All right.
“What to do. What a fool. What an idiot. So why are we doing this?
“Because we are angry, because we are angry, because we feel hatred beyond words.
“Because we won’t stand up and watch our families suffer, their livelihoods will be destroyed and our country betrayed. Never. Never.”
Not only is this action incredibly dangerous, potentially putting lives at risk, but it also causes environmental delays and more vehicle emissions.
With Surrey Police arresting a total of 32 people in connection with the incident between Junction 8 and 10, a swarm of police finally made it to the scene.
They were removed on suspicion of various offenses including public nuisance, conspiracy to obstruct highways and create danger to road users.
He also showed blatant disregard for the Highway Code, which states that pedestrians should not be on a motorway or slip road except in an emergency.
Officials said they were also attending the scene of a serious four-vehicle crash – but it was unclear whether it was related to the protest.
Police and paramedics broke into horror at Junction 9 in Leatherhead, Surrey, shortly after 9 a.m. A woman was taken to hospital in critical condition.
It follows Monday’s disruption in which more than 90 Insulate Britain members were arrested.
Insanity caused delays of up to five hours for thousands of drivers on the M25 – and things turned sour when furious motorists tried to pull away protestors to clear the roads.
AA President Edmund King said: “This action is not only incredibly potentially life-threatening, but it also backfires in environmental terms due to longer delays and greater vehicle emissions.
“These are some of the busiest sections of the M25 where tens of thousands of drivers will be affected and economic activity will be negatively impacted.”