Just Stop Oil protesters who halted city traffic dragged away by public

Eleven people from climate activist group Just Stop Oil held a demonstration outside Central Station on Neville Street at around 2pm on Saturday, June 11. The protesters were calling on the Government to end new fossil fuel licensing and production.

The group, which was largely made up of students, sat in the middle of the road in an attempt to block traffic and draw attention to their message.

However, the demonstrators found themselves being removed by members of the public, reports Chronicle Live.

Just Stop Oil protestor Alex De Koning, 24, said that Just Stop Oil is campaigning to block all new fossil fuel licences in the North Sea.

He said: “The intention was to do it for four and a half minutes. We didn’t want to do it for too long as we didn’t want to inconvenience people too much, but wanted to do it long enough to get the message out there.

“We have never faced a reaction quite like that before in Newcastle. It was quite shocking. We were just there for four minutes so it was quite a surprise that we weren’t prepared for.

“The demonstrators were really overwhelmed and shook up. Thankfully, they were not hurt and they are all willing to do it again which is really empowering.”

Northumbria Police confirmed that officers attended the scene and spoke to those present but that no offences were reported.

A Northumbria Police spokesman said: “Shortly after 2.20pm on Saturday (June 11) we were made aware of a protest ongoing on Neville Street, Newcastle.

“Officers attended the scene and spoke to those present, many of whom had started to disperse. No offences were reported.”