The Metropolitan Police arrested Just Stop Oil and they have been accused of “targeting the Cenotaph” in central London.
Politicians have slammed JSO for targeting the Cenotaph which is “disrespectful towards those who gave their lives for our country.”
Tory party deputy chairman Lee Anderson and London Mayor Sadiq Khan blast the group saying this is not the way to tackle climate change.
JSO said that they did not target the Cenotaph on Monday and said this is “lies” as it was the police who moved them there to clear the road.
The London Mayor said online that the Metropolitan Police have his “full support in taking action” after the JSO protest.
“Targeting the Cenotaph is completely unacceptable and deeply disrespectful towards those who gave their lives for our country,” he wrote.
“Tackling climate change is a vital cause but this isn’t the way to go about it.”
Anderson said that JSO were “now stuck to the Cenotaph” as he shared a picture on X.
“Simple solution here. Give them stronger glue and leave them there till Sunday,” the Tory MP added.
Just Stop Oil.
Now stuck to the Cenotaph.
Simple solution here. Give them stronger glue and leave them there till Sunday.
— Lee Anderson MP (@LeeAndersonMP_) November 6, 2023
JSO accused Anderson of “tweeting lies about protesters being glued to the Cenotaph.”
“The reality is that they were dragged off the road and arrested by police for protesting in the street, under legislation his corrupt party introduced,” the group said.
Labour’s shadow home secretary, Yvette Cooper, wrote, “targeting the Cenotaph is totally unacceptable,” this tweet was later removed.
JSO have demanded an apology from Cooper, saying, “These are peaceful protesters marching towards Parliament Square, arrested under anti-protest laws and dragged off the road. Why won’t you speak out about that?”
A JSO spokesman added, “We have not targeted the Cenotaph. The police moved people there when they were being arrested.”