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    Oil eco-zealots spray orange paint over London’s Berkeley Square

    Two Just Stop Oil eco-zealots have been arrested after spraying orange paint over luxury HR Owen, Bugatti, Ferrari and Bentley car showrooms in Berkeley Square, central London this morning.

    Someone could be heard shouting: ‘What are you doing? You’re a disgrace’ as the two eco activists doused the car showrooms with the orange substance from a fire extinguisher at around 8.30am on Wednesday, marking the eco mob’s 26th day of protests this month.

    Just Stop Oil said that Emma Brown, 31, and Carmen Lean, 28, had travelled down from Scotland to carry out the stunt to demand that the government halts all new oil and gas licences and consents. Afterwards, they stood outside the showroom and explained the reason for their actions.

    In a video uploaded to social media by Just Stop Oil, eco activist Carmen Lean said: ‘In what is it okay to be buying and selling luxury cars when people can’t even afford to eat or heat their homes?

    ‘And when people all over the world are suffering and dying because of the devastating impact of the climate crisis. The government needs to step up.’ 

    The Metropolitan Police confirmed two people had been arrested for criminal damage. 

    They said: ‘Protestors have sprayed paint at the Ferrari and Bentley garages in Berkeley Square at 08.30hrs. Met offices were rapidly on scene at 08.46hrs, arrested two people for criminal damage. They have been taken into custody at a central London police station.’

    Carmen Lean, 28, an architecture student from Glasgow said: ‘We pay exorbitant bills for oil and gas but it’s nothing compared to the price our kids will pay for it.

    ‘New oil and gas is a death sentence for people all around the world. You can throw us in prison but it won’t stop our outrage at this government throwing millions of people under the bus. We’re not asking for no new oil, we’re demanding it.

    ‘This government is using the crisis to push through more austerity on one hand and new oil licences on the other.

    Oil eco-zealots spray orange paint video

    Woman sprays orange paint on the display glass at luxury car showroom in Berkeley Square, central London

    ‘Both are death sentences. If this government cared about people, they would be insulating homes, investing in affordable public transport and massively scaling up renewables.”

    Emma Brown, 31, from Glasgow said: ‘We have come down from Scotland to demand this toxic government in Westminster do another U-turn.

    ‘This time on our broken energy system. Get your hands off our North Sea Oil and rapidly upscale the renewable energies that will prevent catastrophic climate breakdown and reduce our bills.

    ‘This is the immediate action we need to help the cost of living and the climate crisis. Not more oil for billionaires to profit from.’

    The Ferrari showroom refused to comment and HR Owen has been contacted.

    Today’s action follows three weeks of continuous civil resistance by supporters of Just Stop Oil during which the police have made 585 arrests.

    Since April 1, Just Stop Oil supporters have been arrested 1,900 times, with seven of their supporters currently serving time behind bars.

    Yesterday, footage emerged of a fanatic dousing the front of 55 Tufton Street in Westminster, home to the Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF) and other fossil fuel lobby groups, in the liquid this morning.

    The spray paint came as part of a wider protest which saw a total of six protesters block Horseferry Road. Some protesters glued themselves onto the tarmac in the road while others locked themselves together.

    A furious taxi driver was seen driving over the pavement as zealots lay in the middle of nearby Horseferry Road to block traffic. The Metropolitan Police said the chaos was cleared up by 1.20pm.

    Officers arrested one person on suspicion of criminal damage and seven others on suspicion of wilful obstruction of the highway.

    The protester who threw the paint, identified by Just Stop Oil as a ‘normal guy from south London’, said he attacked the property in an attempt to fight ‘big oil, famine, pestilence and war’.

    On Monday, a group of protesters were arrested for throwing chocolate cake in the face of a waxwork of King Charles III at Madame Tussauds.

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