This is the moment a Just Stop Oil protester was filmed hurling a bucket of orange paint over the library of University College London just one day after similar stunts at Oxford and Exeter universities.
A ‘massive crowd’ formed outside the building this afternoon as a young man used a fire extinguisher to spray orange paint up over its stone pillars.
The clip shows activists cheering with delight as he squirts the neon paint high up the pillars, while two security staff attempt to restrain him.
The young man then pulls off his jersey to reveals a T-shirt bearing the Just Stop Oil slogan, while demonstrators chant ‘Just Stop Oil’.
An eyewitness said the activist was shouting towards onlookers that oil is destroying the climate before security pulled him out of view.
The young man used a fire extinguisher with a rubber hose attached to paint high up the pillars of University College London
The young man pulled off his jersey to reveal a T-shirt bearing the Just Stop Oil slogan, while demonstrators chanted ‘Just Stop Oil’
An eyewitness said the activist was shouting towards onlookers that oil is destroying the climate before security pulled him out of view
Just Stop Oil posted on X: ‘University College London has just been painted orange by Arthur, a student who cannot stand by while our Government sells his future for profit’
In Birmingham, a similar fiasco was underway this afternoon as Just Stop Oil activists splattered dollops of orange paint and hand prints over the university library
A male demonstrator then staged a sit-down protest, sitting cross-legged beneath a Just Stop Oil banner in front of the university
After the man was led away, a sign was laid out on the ground next to two buckets of orange paint which had been used in the stunt.
In Birmingham, a similar fiasco was underway this afternoon as Just Stop Oil activists splattered dollops of orange paint and hand prints over the university library.
A male demonstrator then staged a sit-down protest, sitting cross-legged beneath a Just Stop Oil banner in front of the university.
Just Stop Oil posted on its X account: ‘Harrison just chucked paint over a University of Birmingham faculty building, calling on university leaders to join students in civil resistance. Why? Because the UK Government is licensing new oil and gas.’
Yesterday, the eco-activists targeted Exeter despite being invited by the university to hold their own stall at the freshers’ fair taking place yesterday.
The group converged on the Penny campus at the Devon site with orange paint at lunchtime on Tuesday.
In the clip, a young bearded man dressed in a white ‘Just Stop Oil’ T-shirt can be seen carrying the bucket over to the building.
Two fellow demonstrators film him up close as he crosses a zebra crossing and opens the bucket of neon paint.
Activists begin cheering as the activist splashes paint across the wall in four heavy doses, before chanting in unison.
The man then says to the camera: ‘Our government is complicit in genocidal plans to licence over 100 fossil fuel projects.
‘The projects are the betrayal of our generation. We know what new fossil fuels look like. It looks like death, famine and war.
‘Young people have had enough. We can’t stand by and watch this happen anymore. Inaction is a death sentence but together we can force change, it’s what’s happened countless times throughout history and if we come together and do what’s necessary, then we too can create the change that we need.’
A Just Stop Oil protester throws paint on the University of Exeter Penny campus
The activist targeted the Penny building in the University of Exeter as the group continues their demands for no new oil projects.
Yesterday at the university, the group gathered outside the glass façade of ‘The Forum’ and staged a separate protest – with one man sitting on the roof while orange paint was thrown at the building.
George Simonson, 23, a mechanical engineering graduate from the University of Edinburgh, was responsible for the paint on the glass façade of ‘The Forum’ on the Exeter University campus.
Simonson said: ‘Studying engineering taught me that we already have the solutions to address the climate crisis, what we lack is the political will. The politicians have been bought, and educational institutions are absolutely complicit in allowing them to continue this genocide.
‘Universities are accepting tens of millions in dirty money and letting the fossil fuel companies come to careers fairs to give out free pens. Students have a duty to step up and show teaching institutions we won’t stand for it anymore.’
A Devon and Cornwall Police spokesman said: ‘Police were called to Exeter University on Tuesday afternoon following reports of a male on the roof of a building, which was believed to be as part of a protest.
‘Officers attended and arrested a male on suspicion of criminal damage. He has since been released on police bail.’
Yesterday, the group targeted the Forum building of the University of Exeter with orange paint
Yesterday at the university, the group gathered outside the glass façade of ‘The Forum’ and staged a separate protest
Just Stop Oil has described the spray painting of the building in Oxford city centre as ‘resistance against the UK Government ‘s plans to license new oil and gas projects’
Two protestors were arrested at the scene and had their orange paint seized by police
The protests in Exeter broke out on the same day as another Just Stop Oil rally in Oxford, in which protesters filled fire extinguishers with orange paint before spraying it on the iconic library – which dates to the 18th century.
Protestors Daniel Knorr, 21, and Noah Crane, 18, were later named as the activists responsible for the Oxford debacle.
It comes following the arrest of five Just Stop Activists on October 4 after they hijacked a performance of Les Misérables in London’s West End.
The crowd booed and jeered as eco-activists, holding the group’s orange banner, clambered onto the stage at the Sondheim Theatre in Shaftesbury.
One furious theatre-goer shouted: ‘Get off you stupid people. How dare you.’
Another yelled: ‘You naughty people, you naughty people.’
One man near the front of the audience snatched away one of the eco-protestors’ banners.
The stage invasion occurred during the musical’s famous protest song of Do You Hear The People Sing? which is often seen as a call to action and has been used all over the world in rebellions including the 2019 Jong Kong demonstrations.
The protestors are calling on staff and students to join the protest group’s march in London in November.
Protestor Daniel Knorr, 21, said he was taking action to ‘resist the destruction of my generation’, while another said protesting ‘gives me hope’.
Both Knorr, a biochemistry student and Noah Crane, 18, a recent A-Level graduate, were pictured painting the historic Radcliffe Camera building.
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