On Friday, at least 30 Insulate Britain protestors were arrested for blocking traffic on London-area major motorways, as they demanded that the prime minister insulate British homes.
Protestors glued themselves to the road and to each other at Junction 3 of the M4 near Heathrow airport, and at junction 1 of the M1, near Brent Cross, just before 8 am. At around 11 am, a third group blocked junction 25 of the M25, near Enfield, according to The Guardian.
Long lines of traffic formed on these major motorways during rush hour as a result of the blockade. Police were able to clear the M4 blockade by 9 am, and the M1 blockade was cleared by 10 am.
Metropolitan police arrested 13 people at the M4 blockade, and 17 at the M1 blockade.
According to The Guardian, amongst those that were arrested were eight individuals who were released from police custody on Thursday after blocking the M25 at junction 30 in Essex.
A woman who was being rushed to the hospital after suffering a stroke was stuck in traffic due to the climate activists' blockade and was left paralyzed. Her son had tried to get her care after she had the stroke, but was instead delayed by six hours, during which activists blocked the road.
Insulate Britain said that they would continue to block motorways until the government "makes a meaningful statement indicating that they will insulate all of Britain's 29m leaky homes by 2030, which are among the oldest and most energy inefficient in Europe."
The group said that 115 people have participated in ongoing protests, which have resulted in around 450 arrests, with some being arrested six or seven times.
The group's spokesperson said that two have been held on bail and, following routine challenges by lawyers, both were released after about a week.
The group said that the activists actions were in breach of an injunction obtained by the government last week, in which anyone found blocking the M25 could be found in contempt of court. If prosecuted, they could each face up to two years in prison or an unlimited fine.
A spokesperson for the group said: "The government could end this tomorrow one way or another either by making a meaningful statement we can trust… or by sending our members to prison."
"It's incomprehensible that the government is continuing to delay action on home insulation when we urgently need to cut our carbon emissions, eliminate fuel poverty and help hard-working families with their rising energy bills," the group added in a statement.
"Added to which industry is crying out for the government to show some leadership and get behind a national retrofitting strategy. Come on Boris: get on with the job," the statement continued.