Just Stop Oil campaigners exhibit extreme tactics, disturbing Les Misérables show in a bid to push radical agenda
In an alarming demonstration of environmental extremism, a group from the ‘Just Stop Oil’ campaign recently brought a performance of the classic Les Misérables to an abrupt halt at the Sondheim Theatre in London’s West End. Amid a rendition of the iconic song Do You Hear the People Sing?, the protesters stormed the stage with banners, irking the gathered audience and forcing the technical staff to hastily draw the curtains.
One of the brazen demonstrators was caught on video shouting the group’s slogan “just stop oil,” to a chorus of boos from the theatre-goers. Following this, four of the protesters reportedly locked themselves to the stage in an ostentatious display of defiance. On the social media platform X, the group attempted to justify their actions by drawing a far-fetched parallel between the storyline of the French revolution-themed show and their misplaced climate activism. They dramatically questioned: “How long before we are all forced to steal?”
Just Stop Oil’s spokesperson, Hannah Taylor, made an outlandish comment to Sky News, proclaiming: “The show cannot go on. We are facing catastrophe. New oil and gas means crop failure, starvation and death. It is an act of war on the global south and an utter betrayal of young people.” This hyperbolic rhetoric seems to overlook the significant strides made by many nations towards green energy and reducing carbon emissions, instead choosing to terrorise the public sphere with their doomsday scenario.
William Village, the chief executive of Delfont Mackintosh Theatres, confirmed that the theatre had to be evacuated and the show was stopped following the unruly protest, with attendees’ tickets being refunded. The Metropolitan police were called to the scene around 21:00hrs, resulting in the arrest of five individuals involved in the disruptive act. This incident underscores the troubling lengths to which eco-radicals are willing to go, encroaching on the cultural and social life of the public, all while ignoring the rational dialogue and constructive efforts being made towards environmental sustainability. Source