Climate protesters in London were yanked off a public train by angry passengers after the group disrupted normal transit but jumping on train cars.
Video and photos from the altercation shows activists with the “Extinction Rebellion” climate change movement crawling atop trains at Stratford, Canning Town and Shadwell Thursday, as reported by BBC. Several trains were temporarily suspended thanks to the disruption.
And it looks like other passengers weren’t having it. In several clips posted on Twitter and Facebook, an activist can be seen climbing atop one of the train cars before being pulled down by the ankles by other passengers.
In the video, one angry commuter can be heard screaming, "I have to get to work, too! I have to feed my kids!”
This is the moment angry commuters pulled #ExtinctionRebellion protesters from the top of a Tube train after they disrupted services across London.— Sky News (@SkyNews) October 17, 2019
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One commuter told BBC he “support[s] their cause but I think how the protests have been carried out has led to more divisions."
"Police have struggled to deal with the protest in London so the public stepped in and in the heat of the moment it was taken too far," Hayden Green said, adding he saw a protester "dragged to the floor and kicked repeatedly” by other commuters.
The protesters, on the other hand, claimed that climbing atop train cars was important to "highlight" the climate emergency.
British Transport Police said in a statement that it was "concerning to see that a number of commuters took matters into their own hands, displaying violent behaviour to detain a protester,” saying that “is important that commuters and other rail users allow the police, who are specially trained, to manage these incidents.”
Disrupting the flow of daily life has become a pretty common occurrence among climate change alarmists. Last week, "Extinction Rebellion" protesters clogged up London’s Trafalgar Square, holding bizarre demonstrations that included interpretive dance, mass public breastfeeding sessions, weird chanting and something that looked like yoga on Valium.
While punching someone repeatedly in the head is admittedly not the best way to handle most altercations, one thing has become increasingly clear: people are getting fed up with “protesters” whose only way of making a point is to repeatedly disrupt public transit, create traffic jams, and interrupt the public’s daily lives.