SAJID Javid was last night under mounting pressure for failing to reclaim Britain’s streets from eco-extremsists after a third day of traffic carnage.
Tory MPs turned their anger on the Home Secretary over how cops were often standing by while Extinction Rebellion protesters continued to barricade major roads in central London.
Sajid Javid was last night under mounting pressure for failing to reclaim Britain’s streets from eco-extremsists after a third day of traffic carnage[/caption]
One Government aide branded the scenes ‘a national embarrassment’[/caption]
Parliament Square yesterday began to resemble a music festival, as the climate change warriors graffitied the tarmac and held sing songs in the middle of it.
Government aide Huw Merriman MP branded the scenes “a national embarrassment”.
Mr Merriman told The Sun: “Our economic and democratic hub has been closed off by these protesters, while the police just stand by watching them do it.
“This sends a message that it is okay to break the law, cause economic damage and, irony of ironies, cause pollution due to the traffic congestion.
“I’ve asked the Home Secretary to put pressure on the police to bring this to an immediate halt.”
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Chancellor Philip Hammond’s Commons aide added: “The Commissioner needs to take a zero tolerance approach, arrest the lawbreakers and bring law and order back to our streets to get the traffic, and economy, moving again”.
An angry government minister also dubbed the 72 hour-long street occupation in Oxford Circus and Waterloo Bridge too “an utterly unacceptable situation”, adding: “Why are we tolerating this?
“The reason is No10 and Sajid are terrified of Cressida Dick, and God only knows why she isn’t on top of this.”
Senior Labour figures also clashed with each other over the illegal protests.
Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell sparked anger by openly encouraging law breaking – that also yesterday saw some of the tube network halted, as well as 55 bus routes across the capital remain closed.
I support today’s actions by #ExtinctionRebellion
Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell
Hard left Labour leader Jeremy Corybn’s closest ally Mr McDonnell tweeted: “I support today’s actions by #ExtinctionRebellion. Of course, apologies for the inconvenience caused by direct action but if it moves us all a step further in tacking climate change it will be worth it”.
But London Mayor Sadiq Khan lashed out at the protest, saying he was “extremely concerned by the damage it’s causing to the public transport system”.
Mr Khan added: ““It’s really important the organisers work with the police to protest peacefully and lawfully.
“Public transport is one of the best ways to address climate change, but inadvertently, protesters are driving people away from it to use minicabs and other things.
“This is causing huge disruption to our city.”
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Mr Javid last night wrote to Commissioner Cressida Dick to offer the Met “whatever support it needs” to end the law breaking.
There has also been traffic chaos across other UK cities, including Edinburgh where the Scots capital’s main shopping thoroughfare, Princes Street, was blocked.
By 6pm last night, Scotland Yard had made more than 340 arrests in London since Monday’s protest began.
More arrests were made when hundreds of police began trying to clear Parliament Square’s roads of the protesters from 7pm last night.
Energy and Climate Change minister Claire Perry also slammed the mass law-breaking, tweeting: “I can’t see that disrupting one of world’s busiest transport systems, blocking emergency routes and making life difficult for so many is going to build consensus and support for the changes we need”.
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She also insisted that the Government has made “great progress” on tackling global warming.
Labour MP Steve McCabe questioned if the protesters were practising what they preached, asking: “Who do all these plastic bottles belong to?”
A Home Office spokesman said: “The right to protest peacefully is a long-standing tradition in this country and a vital foundation of our democracy.
“People should be free to gather and demonstrate their views in public – provided they do so within the boundaries of law and without endangering the safety of the public.
“In situations like we’ve seen in central London in recent days, it’s the police’s job to preserve the peace, protect the public and uphold the law.”
Cops haven been accused of just ‘looking on’ as protesters bring traffic carnage to the streets[/caption]
Climate change protesters hold yoga session on Waterloo Bridge as frustrated drivers are forced to endure long delays[/caption]
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