Just Stop Oil supporters defiant as co-founders arrested in dawn raids

Just Stop Oil supporters have vowed to continue with their plans to march everyday in London from October 30th, despite the dawn raid arrests this morning of two of the movement’s co-founders.

Indigo Rumbelow and Roger Hallam were arrested in separate raids this morning after police forced entry to their homes, searched belongings and confiscated papers. 

A spokesperson for Just Stop Oil said: 

“We will not be intimidated by our criminal government. Not content with cheering on war crimes in Gaza, by maxing out our oil and gas reserves they are complicit in the greatest crime in human history. New oil and gas will result in unimaginable suffering and destroy the lives and livelihoods of billions of people. No one has ever voted for this, there has never been a democratic mandate to destroy the habitable world. 

“Just Stop Oil supporters are deeply committed to stopping all new oil and gas. If our government refuses to do what is right to protect humanity, then people will step up to do what needs to be done. 

“The painful truth right now is that our politicians and corporations have no intention of acting in accordance with the fundamental interests of either our young people or the country as a whole. Whether those in charge realise that they are commiting the crime of genocide, is not the question. For this is how it will be seen by the next generation and all future generations. Our friends in police custody and languishing in prison understand this very well as do we.”

New oil and gas will push the world past irreversible tipping points, destroy our ability to grow food and result in the collapse of organised civil society. Everything we know and love is threatened. To allow any new oil and gas, in full knowledge of these consequences, isn’t just a crime against humanity. It is the greatest crime in human history. [2][3][4][5]

We will not let this stand. We refuse to die quietly. Civil resistance is no longer an option, it is a necessity. From October 29th, thousands of people will join Just Stop Oil in London to march on the roads, and we will not stop until we win. Sign up for action here: https://actionnetwork.org/forms/take-action-with-just-stop-oil/


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Notes to Editors

[1] Just Stop Oil is a coalition of groups working together to demand that the government immediately halt all future licensing and consents for the exploration, development and production of fossil fuels in the UK. Just Stop Oil is a member of the A22 Network of civil resistance projects. Climate Emergency Fund is Just Stop Oil’s primary funder for recruitment, training, and capacity building.

Just Stop Oil ‘Blue Lights’ policy: our policy is, and has always been, to move out of the way for emergency vehicles with siren sounding and ‘blue lights’ on.

[2] No new oil, gas or coal development if world is to reach net zero by 2050, says world energy body: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/may/18/no-new-investment-in-fossil-fuels-demands-top-energy-economist

[3] In 2022, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres called new fossil fuel expansion “moral and economic madness” and said that “the truly dangerous radicals are the countries that are increasing the production of fossil fuels”. https://press.un.org/en/2022/sgsm21228.doc.htm

[4] Climate change is out of control says UN https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2023/jul/07/first-thing-climate-change-out-of-control-un-says[5] A billion people could die prematurely from climate catastrophes over the next 100 years. https://www.sciencealert.com/scientists-warn-1-billion-people-on-track-to-die-from-climate-change