A megaphone-wielding Just Stop Oil eco zealot travelled hundreds of miles from Scotland to lead a climate change march in London.
Ruth Lanser was one of 25 fanatics causing mayhem in the capital this morning and has now come under fire after journeying some 400 miles to join two slow marches in the city.
The campaigner, who claims to have studied at the Glasgow School of Arts, was one of several Scots known to have made the trip south today, with others including a grandmother-of-five from Fife.
Ms Lanser, who was cleared in January of obstructing lawful activity after sitting on a lorry at a fuel depot in Birmingham last year during another eco protest, was filmed leading a march through the City of London financial district.
Armed with her megaphone, the eco-activist in her twenties shouted: ‘I have travelled from Glasgow because my Government is not listening to me.
One Just Stop Oil campaigner called Ruth Lanser (pictured with a megaphone) travelled more than 400 miles from Glasgow to London to join Monday’s protest
Ms Lanser, who was cleared earlier this year of obstructing lawful activity after she and other protesters sat on top of a lorry at a fuel depot during a protest in Birmingham in 2022, was filmed leading a march through the City of London financial district.
Ms Lanser (pictured) was one of about 25 Just Stop Oil activists who took part in a series of slow-march protests in London on Monday morning, having travelled from Scotland
‘We are looking at recent IPCC reports that tell us we are not on track to meet our goals and yet the Government is about to license a new oil project that is the equivalent of 28 lower-income countries’ emissions.
‘This project is called Rosebank and it is a death sentence to everyone on this planet.’
She was joined by pensioner Julie Redman, 72, a grandmother-of-seven from Fife, Scotland – which is about 450 miles away from London.
In a statement released by Just Stop Oil, the retired NHS worker added: ‘I’m in despair about the climate crisis. It is accelerating at an alarming pace and yet our government is still giving out new licences for oil, gas and coal.
‘It is my grandchildren who will bear the brunt of climate breakdown and I want to be able to tell them that I did everything I could to prevent climate catastrophe.’
Just Stop Oil confirmed a number of campaigners had travelled from Scotland to take part in a ‘week of protests’ – but officials declined to comment on whether the activists had journeyed by car or public transport.
People online have since blasted the group and accused zealots of making the cross-country trip to join the fossil fuel protest in petrol-guzzling cars.
One Twitter user said: ‘How did Ruth get from Glasgow to London? Did she walk?’
Just Stop Oil protesters pictured marching through the centre of London on Monday, holding up rush hour traffic. They are pictured surrounded by police during their first protest
Another asked: ‘Wouldn’t have been better for the environment if Ruth had done her march in Glasgow.’
While a third quipped: ‘She must have left before Christmas if she strolled all the way at that pace.’
However, a spokeswoman for Just Stop Oil hit back, telling MailOnline: ‘Why should they not travel from Scotland to protest in the capital about new oil and gas?
‘It is the UK Government, not the Scottish Government, that has the power to make the decision to end new oil and gas.
‘Our supporters from Scotland have the same rights as everyone else living in the UK to resist the Government’s genocidal plans.’
Others took aim at the number of people involved in today’s rally, with Jamie MacDonald saying: ’26 People. Smashing it guys. Think your beginning to blend into the background now, this daily approach isn’t working.’
A third protester, named only as ‘Kat’, aged 20, also travelled from Scotland to march in London.
In a video released on social media, she said: ‘I’m here because I realised that my inaction was going to make me completely unable to live with myself… the climate crisis was getting worse and I was sitting there thinking “that someone else would do something about it” and I realised that no-one else was going to change this.’
Today’s mayhem began at 8am when about 25 protesters, wearing hi-vis jackets and armed with orange banners, began slowly marching through the City of London.
The rush-hour demonstration caused carnage for commuters, with bumper-to-bumper traffic that triggered outrage from exasperated motorists.
As the climate change campaigners slowly strolled through the city surrounded by about a dozen police officers, one white van driver vented his fury and bluntly demanded: ‘Move them out the way, I’ve got money to make.’
Just Stop Oil brought traffic to a standstill twice through London, with protests in the City of London and now in Hammersmith and Kensington (pictured is the first march of today)
One furious driver in a white fan was left outraged by the protest and demanded Just Stop Oil activists to be moved from the road
A police officer arrives at the scene of Monday’s protest as traffic begins to build (pictured)
Eco zealots marched through Aldersgate Street, near the Barbican, in the City of London holding up buses and causing misery for frustrated motorists. This protest ended at 9.15am
Police were scrambled shortly after 8.15am to break up the first march, as eco zealots strolled from the Barbican. The demonstration ended by 9.15am.
But minutes later, Just Stop Oil fanatics issued a further threat to carry out protests elsewhere – with protesters later marching for a second time along Hammersmith Road, central London, towards Kensington High Street shortly before 11.40am.
A spokeswoman from the group told MailOnline: ‘The Government is clamping down on our legitimate rights to protest. But we will not die quietly. We will continue to do whatever is nonviolently possible to end new oil and gas.’
This morning’s protest follows a similar one on Friday, where activists marched through Cromwell Street, Kensington – which led to an angry exchange with a frustrated Met Police officer, who demanded one eco-fanatic to ‘get off the road’.
More than 20 protesters caused misery for rush-hour drivers during their 8am protest, before police arrived on the scene 20 minutes to break up the campaigners.
In video footage of the encounter, one officer can be heard ordering activists to ‘get off the road, you’re obstructing the highway’ before a woman appears to stroll forward, narrowly avoiding being hit by a car.
The action comes days after a frustrated Met Police officer was filmed shouting at one Just Stop Oil activist to ‘get off the road – you’re going to get knocked down’ during a slow-march protest in Kensington on Friday (pictured)
Now Just Stop Oil campaigners marched through Hammersmith in their second rally on Monday. Pictured are officers from the Met Police surrounding the protesters during the first demonstration this morning
‘Madam, get off the the road, you’re going to get knocked down,’ shouts the officer as he puts his arm out to stop her moments before a car passes within inches of the woman.
One of those taking action on Friday, Paul Barnes, 43, a father of two from Derbyshire, said: ‘I will continue to do all I can to protect my loved ones. I hear my children talk about what they want to be when they grow up, so I am taking action now to protect them, before it’s too late.’
No arrests were made during the Friday clash between protesters and police, which came amid heightened tensions over public demonstrations and a clamp down by the authorities.
Last Monday, the Met was forced into an embarrassing u-turn following the arrests of protesters at the King’s coronation earlier this month.
Six activists from Republic, the anti-monarchy group, became the first people in Britain to be arrested under the wide-ranging Public Order Act, under suspicion of being equipped to ‘lock-on’ – a tactic sometimes employed by campaigners to make harder for police to remove them.
But despite being held by police for hours, the Met announced earlier last week that an investigation had been unable to prove intent to disrupt the event.
Just Stop Oil activists set off shortly after 8am armed with banners and wearing hi-vis jackets. Pictured are campaigner marching through the City of London on Monday
Police are pictured with Just Stop Oil protesters during the eco group’s latest rally in London on Monday morning, which brought traffic to a standstill
Protesters pictured during the Just Stop Oil march shortly after 8am in London on Monday
‘We regret that those six people arrested were unable to join the wider group of protesters in Trafalgar Square and elsewhere on the procession route,’ the Met said in a statement last week.
On Saturday, Just Stop Oil supporters took part in another demonstration in Parliament Square, near the House of Commons.
The group marched through Whitehall and gathered outside the BBC HQ as part of a rally in support of Palestine, organised by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign.
The action came after a similar display by eco-zealots last Thursday, which saw 13 activists arrested outside Parliament.
The campaign group claimed that protesters were ‘held in police custody for up to 19 hours’ before being released early this morning.
Activists have warned they will stage another march outside of parliament tomorrow at midday.
A spokesman for the group added: ‘This government is engaged in a wholesale assault on our human rights: migrants rights, workers rights, protest rights – nothing is sacred. The Public Order Act has criminalised peaceful dissent.
‘Just Stop Oil will march in solidarity with all people affected by this authoritarian assault on our democratic right to protest.’
Since February 2022, Just Stop Oil claimed its activists have been arrested more than 2,100 times, with 138 zealots spending time in prison.
Last year saw the group cause carnage on major motorways, including the M25, when activists climbed on gantries above the road, bringing traffic to a halt.
Just Stop Oil is planning another protest at midday on Saturday in Parliament Square, London.
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