Sunak Promises to ‘Grant Whatever Powers’ to Police to Crack Down Eco-Protesters

Police will be given new powers in the coming weeks to crack down on climate change protesters who want to disrupt Britain.

The Prime Minister is planning a new crackdown on eco-protesters like Extinction Rebellion in order to prevent climate change extremists from causing widespread disruption across the country.

Following criticism of officers standing by and refusing to clear roads, it is understood that the new measures will also provide guidance to police forces on how to use them.

The public has grown increasingly frustrated that police have done nothing to combat climate change extremists, even handing out cups of tea to them as they blocked major roads, including ambulances transporting people to hospitals.

When Boris Johnson was still Prime Minister, former Home Secretary Priti Patel summoned police chiefs to demand that they use existing powers more effectively to end the disruption.

Mr Sunak has now indicated that he has had enough, stating that new laws will be enacted in the coming weeks in collaboration with current Home Secretary Suella Braverman.

“We have been looking at how we can strengthen our laws to provide police with the clarity they need to stop the serious disruption,” he said, adding that “those plans will be presented in the coming weeks.”

The Prime Minister defended the right to protest peacefully but insisted that it must be “balanced with the rights of everyone else to go about their lives freely”.

“We cannot and will not have protests conducted by a small minority disrupting the lives of the hardworking majority,” he wrote in Conservative Home.

“We’re going to put a stop to it,” he added.

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