A Taxi Leaks roving reporter spoke to the police outside the Shell building yesterday, with regards to the damage being inflicted by climate change protesters.
She reported : One climate warrior, supper glued his hands to the Shell Building main entrance doors.
It was like talking to a robot.. the officer is standing next to a building covered in graffiti (criminal damage) there are two idiots on top of the ledge above the door, putting their own safety in jeopardy and yet a police officer is telling me, “this is a democracy and these people have the right to protest”.
I asked why the police are not using the 1994 public order act to reclaim the streets back from the protesters as they have done many times in the past....The officer just kept insisting these people are not happy and have a right to be here??????
Funny, when the UCG held a series of Taxi demos in and around Westminster, the police invoked the Public Order Act and issued a number of section 12s and 14s.... putting a virtual stop on the organisers.
But now it’s “these people have a right to protest and damage property because it’s a democracy”.
He claimed all the protesters were adults and when I said “so why are they not working today” the officer said “they ave prob booked holiday time off from work”...
Am I dreaming.. is this all a dream, will I wake up soon, or am I stuck on a bad trip entering the twilight zone ???
This county is unrecognisable I don’t want to sound like I’m paranoid but this isn’t normal is it?
April showers are what we need right now, because these brave eco warriors won’t like getting wet.
Ironically, these protesters are calling for zero carbon emissions.... yet they are using spray cans, spewing out PSPs which is thought to be one of the worst environmentally damaging gasses there is.
TAXI LEAKS EXTRA BIT :
This situation with the relaxed attitude of the police stinks again of contrivance from a certain Mayors office.
Surely, the more publicity about the alleged pollution the better.... makes the ULEZ charge look respectable, instead of another Tax on the poor.
Can we expect the same casual attitude from the police when we continue with the ITA protests?
Will Taxis be allowed to completely blockade roads and not leave lanes clear for emergency vehicles.
These protesters have completely blocked Marble Arch, Oxford Circus, Parliament Square and Waterloo Bridge, with the intention to stay there for a number of day (most likely till the end of next week).... should we block Tottenham Court Road without leaving a clear lane for emergency vehicles for a couple of weeks???
Would the police again sit back and say.... well it is a democracy !!!!!
LATEST UPDATE FROM THE MET POLICE : STATEMENT ON EXTINCTION REBELION DEMONSTRATIONS...16/04/2019 13:30 BST.
Speaking earlier today following the demonstrations in central London, Chief Superintendent Colin Wingrove said: “The Metropolitan Police Service is currently dealing with a number of demonstrations taking place across London.
“We have officers out on the ground engaging with protestors and local communities to ensure proportionate policing plans are in place.
“We need to ensure we are striking the right balance between allowing the right to a peaceful protest, while ensuring disruption to communities is kept to a minimum.
“We are mindful of the impact the demonstrations are having on the local communities and are working hard with partners including TfL to keep London moving and open for businesses and visitors alike.
“At this time, ongoing demonstrations are causing serious disruptions to public transport, local businesses and Londoners who wish to go about their daily business.
“As such a 24hour condition was imposed at 18:55hrs last night which stipulated that protestors should continue any demonstrations within the Marble Arch area only.
“In order to impose this condition, the Met required evidence that serious disruption was being caused to communities in London. We so far have 55 bus routes closed and 500,000 people affected as a result. Based on the information and intelligence available at the time, we are satisfied that this threshold has been met and this course of action is necessary in order to prevent ongoing serious disruptions to communities.
“We are taking positive action against those who are choosing to ignore this condition and are continuing to demonstrate in other areas across London.
“At this time, we have made a total of 122 arrests. Five of which were for criminal damage following a disruption outside a commercial premises and the remaining 117 were made on Waterloo Bridge last night and in the early hours of this morning. The majority of these arrests were made for breaching Section 14 of the Public order Act 1986 and obstructing a highway. All remain in custody at this time.
“We expect demonstrations to continue throughout the coming weeks. We have significant resources in place to deal with any incidents that may arise and officers out on the ground who are well trained in maintaining public order.”