Watch: Angry motorist throws Just Stop Oil protester to ground

Turning on his heels, the man then snatched another banner before he tossed them to the side of the road. 

At this point, the man then began to become physical with the activists as one protester was pushed to the ground, while others were moved out of the bus lane. 

The man continued to remonstrate with the demonstrators and hurled the mobile phone used to film the protest just moments after it had been retrieved. 

Beeping horns can be heard throughout the encounter, while one driver who turned into the bus lane in an apparent attempt to take a side street was blocked after an activist sat on his bonnet. 

Police issue public plea

The Metropolitan Police urged the public not to intervene during protests as it said it was aware of the footage circulating on social media. 

Just Stop Oil insisted it understood how frustrating it can be to be disrupted, but warned it was nothing compared to the impact of new licences for oil, gas and coal projects. 

A police spokesperson said: “The Met and City of London Police are aware of an incident shown on Social Media in which a member of the public appears to have an altercation with Just Stop Oil protesters on Mansell Street E1 this morning, Friday 19 May, shortly before the arrival of police. 

“At this stage, we are not aware that any allegations have been made in regard to this matter, however, at this stage we are in contact with the organisers of the demonstration. 

“We completely understand the frustration and anger of London’s communities when protesters walk slowly in the roads. 

“We urge people not to intervene and to wait for the arrival of police, who will attend the scene promptly. We thank people for their patience.” 

Just Stop Oil warning

In a series of tweets, Just Stop Oil said: “Everyone understands how frustrating it can be to be disrupted, however, as of this morning 13 people are dead and 13,000 people have had to be evacuated from their homes in Italy, due to 6 months’ worth of rain falling in 36 hours. 

“250,000 people are now homeless in Somalia due to extreme flooding, despite the country experiencing its worst drought in 40 years. 

“The disruption we are seeing on British streets is nothing compared to what’s coming if we do not stop licensing new oil, gas and coal.”

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