Eco-zealots have targeted the Bafta film awards and launched a red carpet protest where they were pictured chanting “Just Stop Oil” to celebrities upon arrival.
Protesters outside the Royal Albert Hall in London could be heard chanting “stop oil” and banging drums while surrounded by a police barrier.
A statement from the organization said 30 young supporters of the campaign disrupted the event to “call for an end to new fossil fuel projects in the UK”.
They denied the protest was a publicity stunt, instead branding it a “cry for help from a generation that has the now to lose” and saying it was not anti-Bafta or anti-film.
Bafta said activists accessed the red carpet from the street and caused no significant disruption as guests were only diverted.
The organization said there was no threat to guests, they were denied access to restricted areas and the protest was peaceful.
Pictured: Eco-zealots have targeted the Bafta film awards and launched a red carpet protest, where they chanted ‘Just Stop Oil’ upon arrival at the celebrations
Activists during a Just Stop Oil protest near the Royal Albert Hall, London, at the Baftas
A video shared online showed a security guard speaking to colleagues in an earpiece, urging them to “get everyone off the red carpet as soon as possible.”
Faith Birol, Executive Director of the International Energy Agency, added: “If governments are serious about the climate crisis, then there must be no new investments in oil, gas and coal starting this year.”
The group, who say they are all under 30, disrupted the red carpet event at London’s Royal Albert Hall. In a nod to the recent film, they wore t-shirts that read “Just look up” and “Just Stop Oil.”
In statements shared on Just Stop Oil’s website, Claudia, 23, said: “I’m supporting Just Stop Oil here because I’m absolutely scared of our future.
“Last year the UK government’s former chief scientific adviser warned us that what we do over the next 3-4 years will determine the future of humanity.
“But our government, knowing this and knowing that continuing to support the oil industry is a death sentence for all, remains determined to drag us down this path of suffering and destruction. And the mainstream media doesn’t care.
Movie star Benedict Cumberbatch arrives at the ceremony and is escorted past the activists
The activists (pictured) say their protest is not targeting the Baftas or the industry
Police have been shown removing some of the protesters from the area tonight
“Therefore, we urge those with power and influence to use them, to do what is necessary and to use their platform to demand that the government simply shut down oil.” We have to act like our lives depend on it because they do.
Dillon Parsons, 20, an aspiring filmmaker at the University for the Creative Arts, said: “I don’t want to disrupt BAFTAS but feel like I don’t have a choice because of the danger we all find ourselves in.
“This is not a protest against the BAFTAs or the film industry, nor is it a publicity stunt. We don’t care who wins which prize. This is a cry for help from a generation that has the now to lose.
The group says measures will continue to escalate until the government makes a meaningful commitment to halting new fossil fuels.
Last month, Just Stop Oil supporters delivered a letter to Downing Street urging the Prime Minister to end investment in new fossil fuel supply projects and warning that the group will take direct action if their demands are not met would.
Just Stop Oil said the response the group received from BEIS suggests the government has no intention of ending supplies of new fossil fuels, contrary to the International Energy Agency’s expert advice that such investments do not compatible with maintaining a safe climate.
The protesters managed to gain access to the red carpet from the street and lined up
Protesters outside the Royal Albert Hall in London could be heard chanting “stop oil” and banging drums while surrounded by a police barrier while others appeared to have been removed
Hollywood actress Rebel Wilson will host the Film Awards at the Royal Albert Hall, along with stars Daniel Kaluuya, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh and Tom Hiddleston, who will present at the ceremony.
The evening also features entertainment from Dame Shirley Bassey performing a rendition of a Bond theme song celebrating 60 years of the spy film franchise and a video message from the Duke of Cambridge, who is President of Bafta.
The EE British Academy Film Awards air at 7pm on BBC One.
A Bafta spokesman told MailOnline that activists did not disrupt the ceremony and that guests were diverted from the protest, which they described as peaceful.
They added that protesters could access the red carpet from the street but were denied access to restricted areas.
The Met Police have been contacted for comment.
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