A horrified Susannah Reid slams “disgusting” Insulate Britain for stopping a woman who begged them to pass her on to pursue her ailing mother in the hospital.
The capital went into lockdown yesterday morning as Insulate Britain closed major routes into the Blackwall Tunnel, Hangar Lane, Wandsworth Bridge and Arnos Grove.
Harrowing footage shows a woman desperately begging eco-activists to “move her cars” as they stopped her from following her 81-year-old mother in an ambulance.
And, just a few hours later, the founder of Extinction Rebellion insisted that he, too, stop an ambulance to receive the group’s message.
Today, Good Morning Britain presenter Susannah exploded: “What kind of person blocks the road when a woman is begging you to get out of the way so she can see her elderly mother who is being taken to hospital. “
Dr Hilary Jones of GMB, who joined the panel to discuss the video, slammed “the absolute arrogance of what they believe in”.
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The tele doctor said: “They won’t listen to anyone else’s belief in their beliefs. It’s disrespectful.”
It comes as Home Secretary Priti Patel is set to announce action measures against the protesters, which could face up to six months in jail or an unlimited fine by a magistrate, immediately after the protesters are arrested.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson today called Insulate Britain an “irresponsible Krusty”.
The PM told the LBC: “There are some people who call those individuals legitimate protesters.”
He said: “They are not. I think they are irresponsible crusties who are basically trying to keep people from going about their day job and doing enough damage to the economy.
“So we have taken powers and why is Priti Patel doing the right thing to bring powers so that she can get six months or unlimited fine.”
Yesterday’s video showed the woman making a desperate plea to workers as they stopped her from following her mother in an ambulance.
A group of protesters could be seen standing as the desperate daughter shouted: “She’s in the ambulance, she’s going to Canterbury – do you think I’m an idiot? She’s in Canterbury!
“I have to go to the hospital, please move your cars. It’s not okay!”
Despite her helpless cries, the protesters refused to budge.
And the woman can be heard begging: “How can you be so selfish? It’s very selfish. Can’t you understand, my mother is 81 years old and she is going to the hospital.
“Unbelievable. Let it be at your discretion.”
Crime and Police Minister Kit Malthhouse told Sky News of the footage: “It’s really disturbing stuff that’s coming out now.
“While we all clearly value the right to protest, there is a difference between causing disruption and causing harm.
“We believe that these protesters and some of the others that we have seen over the years have crossed the line between exercising their authority, but also their responsibility to the rest of us, and Something needs to be done.
“So, today we’re going to announce new measures along with those that are already in the Police, Crime, Punishment and Courts Bill that’s going through the House of Lords at the moment, which we think is going to be a big part of this. will help in solving the problem.
“Recognizing in particular the disruption of infrastructure and the disruption of strategic road networks is damage of a different scale than you would otherwise find with a general protest.”
This happened as chaotic scenes unfold across the city and furious commuters desperately tried to get to work on time.
Anger flared up at Wandsworth Bridge as drivers dragged protesters off the road hoping to drive around them.
Covering a worker with his vest, a man enraged: “I have a job to do, get off the street.”
Other drivers joined in, pulling the protesters to the side of the road so that their cars could pass when the activists demanded.
A van nearly knocked down a group on the Blackwall Tunnel as it tried to drive around them while others honked their horns.
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