Police swoop on runners in orange while motorists barge eco protesters

You’ve got the WRONG people! Bungling police swoop on park runners in orange they mistake for Just Stop Oil – while motorists barge eco-mob as protesters stage yet another slow-march on roads

  • Police were seen questioning runners while eco-zealots caused chaos in London

Bungling police officers appear to have mistook a group of innocent park runners for Just Stop Oil eco-zealots ‘because they were wearing orange’ – while the real eco-zealots caused carnage with another slow march elsewhere in London today. 

In a short video, an embarrassed police officer is filmed looking bashful as he sidles away from a group of three confused runners dressed in orange shirts. 

When questioned by the person filming the scene as to why he and his colleagues sprung into action and whether he thought they were activists, the officer replies: ‘Anything orange, but I’m sure if you were sensible in Just Stop Oil you wouldn’t wear orange.’

Whilst this farcical scene occurred, elsewhere in Central London in Haymarket, Knightsbridge and Regent Street the real protest group were already embarking on a rolling protest bringing traffic to a standstill. 

In familiar scenes, enraged motorists rowed and pleaded with the pious activists and begged them to clear the road and let them get to work. 

In one short clip from the scene, a workman edges closer to the group’s illegal roadblock and demands that they ‘get the camera out of his face’ and ‘get off the f****** road.’

Officers appeared to question a group of park runners today thinking they were Just Stop Oil

An officer was later filmed looking embarrassed and blaming their orange shirts

Just Stop Oil have embarked on yet another Central London slow march enraging motorists 

A lone activist tries to block off a van while her colleague speaks to the irate driver

A workman can be seen swearing and edging closer towards the activists at today’s protest

Large protests took place today in Haymarket, Knightsbridge and Regent Street

In another an elderly woman was filmed trying to block a van single handedly, which was edging closer and closer towards her. 

Sensing her fellow activist was in danger, another woman was seen approaching the van to ‘deescalate’ the situation. 

Elsewhere today, Three Just Stop Oil activists were arrested on suspicion of criminal damage after they staged a protest at the Chelsea Flower Show. 

READ MORE: Moment furious motorist attacks Just Stop Oil eco-zealots as he pushes them to the ground

Activists from the eco-group targeted the exhibit in London before they were confronted by security staff. 

A photograph taken from the event shows three activists dressed in white Just Stop Oil T-shirts were taking part in a protest.

Commander Karen Findlay tweeted: ‘We are aware of an incident at the Chelsea Flower Show whereby Just Stop Oil protestors have criminally damaged show gardens at the #chelseaflowershow2023 @metpoliceuk have quickly made three arrests for criminal damage.’

The Metropolitan Police Events Twitter account tweeted: ‘Officers responded to an incident at #ChelseaFlowerShow this morning.

‘Three people were arrested at the scene on suspicion of criminal damage in connection with a #JSO protest. Enquiries are ongoing.’

It’s not the first time this week that tensions between commuters and the group reached tipping point.  

On Tuesday an angry worker took matters into his own hands by trying to throw activists off the road as they slow marched through central London during the morning rush-hour.

Around 45 demonstrators in three groups slow marched across Blackfriars Bridge, London Bridge and Tower Bridge on Tuesday.

One man held up in traffic became so frustrated that he pushed a protester on to the ground and ripped banners out of activists’ hands as they walked across Blackfriars Bridge. 

In the tense moment caught on camera, a waste management van can be heard continuously beeping its horn as the chaos unfolds. 

Two police officers, who are escorting the group, then intervene and grapple with the member of the public, who is handcuffed against the side of the van. 

During the struggle, the officer says: ‘You are f*****g assaulting people’.

Police went on to confirm that they temporarily detained but did not arrest the man.  

The police have confirmed that three people have since been arrested on suspicion of criminal damage 

Police grapple with a commuter on Tuesday after he was seen trying to remove Just Stop Oil activists from the road

Tuesday’s protest descended into chaos when an angry commuter took matters into his own hands – and police swooped in and detained him

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