Protesters from Just Stop Oil occupy mattresses in Harrods due to growing energy costs.

Protesters from Just Stop Oil occupy mattresses in Harrods due to growing energy costs.

Just Stop Oil activists have targeted the luxury retailer Harrods in their latest protest on the ‘Day of Action on Fuel Poverty.’

The group announced on Twitter that they had taken over mattresses and couches at the flagship London shop on Saturday.

The environmental campaigners declared in a social media statement: “At around 1pm, 4 #JustStopOil supporters briefly occupied beds and sofas in @Harrods to demand that the #Government Just Stop Fuel Poverty by insulating homes and ending our reliance on expensive, dangerous, and dirty fossil fuels. They were rapidly escorted out of the store by around 20 security guards.”

Campaigners also stormed the British Museum and the Scottish Power headquarters on Saturday to protest growing energy costs and “skyrocketing” levels of fuel poverty, according to organisers.

Members of the grass-roots organisations Don’t Pay UK and Fuel Poverty Action reported demonstrators had slept in the foyer of the Glasgow-based energy firm at approximately 9 a.m. with blankets, sleeping bags, and hot water bottles.

Another “warm-up” rally saw a number of activists enter the British Museum’s great hall – Europe’s largest indoor public square – where they denounced the museum’s sponsorship ties with oil giant BP.

Sadiq Khan has stressed that the government’s reaction to protests must be lawful, after a meeting with police chiefs in Downing Street on Thursday to discuss Just Stop Oil’s action.

Following the discussion, Rishi Sunak stated that the police would have whatever tools were necessary to clamp down on disruptive environmental rallies, calling it “completely unacceptable” that regular people’s lives were being interrupted.

Source: Just Stop Oil protesters occupy beds in Harrods over rising energy bills

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