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Insulate Britain brings London's financial districts to a standstill

by Bethany Rielly

PROTESTERS from Insulate Britain brought the capital’s financial districts to a standstill today as the group resumed its road-blocking campaign.

Police said that 52 arrests had been made after climate activists blocked streets in the City of London and Canary Wharf during rush hour this morning. 

Some glued their hands to the road, but were later removed and arrested by officers. Insulate Britain said that 61 people were involved in today’s protests, the first to take place after a 10-day pause. 

It’s the 14th time that the group has blocked major roads in the past six weeks as part of its campaign to pressure the government to insulate Britain’s homes, starting with those of the poorest. 

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has responded to the protests by taking out injunctions banning them from blocking certain roads. 

The protests have also sparked anger from the public, with footage today showing commuters once again dragging members of Insulate Britain out of the road. 

Protesters also handed out leaflets to commuters apologising for the disruption. 

Insulate Britain member Tony Hill, 71, said that he joined the protest due to “anger that my government is failing the people of our country.

“We’re saying insulate as many buildings as we can. It’s a no brainer. It’s something we can all do, it’s a solution.

“We’ve got the money. All we need is the will power from our government to do it. It will save money, create jobs, save lives and save the planet. Why aren’t they doing it?”

In a statement released ahead of today’s protests, the group criticised the government’s heat and buildings strategy, unveiled last week, arguing the plans are not adequate to decarbonise homes. 

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